Saturday, 16 November 2013
Sebastian Vettel Takes Pole In United States Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel left it late but his routinely brilliant qualifying lap secured pole position for tomorrow's American Grand Prix and put him on the brink of another piece of history-making.
Sunday's race will be the eighth time this season that the 26-year-old German, who clinched his fourth successive driver's title in India last month, has started from pole and the second straight year in Texas.
If Vettel wins, he will become the first driver to win eight races in a single season. The all-time record of nine in a row was set by Italian Alberto Ascari over the course of two seasons in 1952/53.
He will also stay on course to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season, with only Brazil to come after Austin and 11 victories already under his belt.
"I'm trying not to think much about these things," Vettel told reporters after Red Bull locked out the front row at the Circuit of the Americas, with Australian Mark Webber qualifying in second place.
"I think it is not the right mindset to go into a race thinking about a higher target than just the race. I've done well with that kind of approach so far so I don't see any reason to change."