Vettel secures comfortable pole as Hulkenberg stuns

By on Saturday, September 7, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel has secured pole position after a scintillating qualifying session in Italy.

Vettel's time of 1:23.755 was two tenths of a second clear of team-mate Mark Webber.

Nico Hulkenberg stunned the paddock by setting the third fastest time for Sauber. The Swiss team has scored just seven points all season, all by Hulkenberg.

Ferrari's attempts at slipstreaming backfired as Felipe Massa was too far ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso. Massa will line-up in fourth, with Alonso in fifth.

Nico Rosberg will start sixth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Jenson Button.

Jean-Eric Vergne made it through to Q3 but scuppered his hot lap by bouncing through the gravel at the Parabolica.

The second segment of qualifying delivered a couple of surprises.

Neither Lotus driver was able to make it into the top 10, with Kimi Raikkonen in eleventh and Romain Grosjean in thirteenth.

They were split by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. The pole sitter for the last four races failed to make it through to Q3 for the first time since 2010.

"I drove like an idiot. It's the worst I've driven in a while," said Hamilton, who also appeared to be impeded by the Force India of Adrian Sutil.

Sutil, Pastor Maldonado and Paul di Resta were also eliminated in Q2.

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez were unable to progress through to Q2 and will share the ninth row of the grid, ahead of the Caterham and Marussia drivers.

Giedo van der Garde eclipsed team-mate Charles Pic by just over a tenth of a second, while Jules Bianchi - who complained of too much understeer in his Marussia - was four tenths up on Max Chilton.

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