Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap ever around Buddh International Circuit on Saturday to win the pole for Sunday's Indian Grand Prix. He set the pole in his Red Bull Racing machine with a lap time of 1 minute 24.119 seconds. It was his seventh pole of 2013 and 43rd of his Formula 1 career.
Vettel can clinch his fourth straight World Championship with a finish of fifth or better. There are still three races left on the schedule after India. He is also looking for his sixth straight win this season.
Nico Rosberg for Mercedes will start second with with his teammate Lewis Hamilton in third. Mark Webber, Vettel's Red Bull teammate, will start from fourth on the medium-compound tire. The top three all will start on the soft-compound tire.
Felipe Massa will start from fifth for Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Lotus, Nico Hulkenberg seventh for Sauber, and Fernando Alonso eighth for Ferrari. Alonso would have to win for Vettel to finish fifth of better to win the championship. Anything other than a win for Alonso would make winning the title easier for Vettel.
Starting ninth and tenth will be the McLaren duo of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button. Romain Grosjean did not get out of Q1 and will start 17th for Lotus.
The Indian Grand Prix can be seen live at 5:30 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
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