Vettel beats Rosberg to claim Singapore pole

By on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel secured the 41st pole position of his career during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel's time of 1:42.841 was set on his first run in Q3 and he opted out of a second run.

This meant that Vettel watched the closing moments of the session from the Red Bull garage, alongside his mechanics. He watched as rivals set faster sector times but were unable to match him across the full lap.

"I'm very happy with the result, the car has been phenomenal all weekend," he said.

"I knew we had a cushion, that's why we decided not to run again. We thought it was good enough; in the end it was good enough."

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg closed to within a tenth of his compatriot but had to settle for second.

Romain Grosjean leapt up to third place in the Lotus, ahead of Vettel's Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton took fifth, while Felipe Massa beat Fernando Alonso to sixth place.

Jenson Button was the highest McLaren in eighth place, with 2014 Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo in ninth.

Esteban Gutierrez made it through to Q3 for the first time in his career but opted out of setting a fast lap as he had no option tyres remaining.

Nico Hulkenberg was eleventh, with Jean-Eric Vergne in twelfth.

Kimi Raikkonen again failed to make Q3 as the Finn struggled with back pain and managed only thirteenth.

"This morning I couldn't drive," he said. "I will try [to race]. It's not the first time I've had the pain, I don't think it'll be the last."

Sergio Perez set the fourteenth fastest time, ahead of Adrian Sutil and Valtteri Bottas.

Paul di Resta failed to make it out of Q1 and was joined on the sidelines by Pastor Maldonado.

At the back, Charles Pic beat team-mate Giedo van der Garde, with both Caterham drivers comfortably ahead of Marussia duo Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

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