Singapore: Sebastian Vettel continued his imperious march towards a fourth consecutive Formula One world championship by storming to pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday after dominating most of the practice sessions.
The Red Bull driver, who is 53 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with seven races remaining, clocked a fastest lap of one minute 42:841 seconds around the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German will be joined on the front row by compatriot Nico Rosberg for Mercedes.
The second row for Formula One’s only night race will be occupied by Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton will start in fifth place in the second Mercedes while Alonso languished in seventh, outqualified by Felipe Massa.
The pole position was the 41st of Vettel’s career and fifth of the season and with Alonso starting seventh on a circuit that is notoriously difficult for overtaking, only a tropical downpour or a series of safety car periods looks like preventing the German from extending his lead on Sunday.
Sahara Force India continued to struggle as Adrian Sutil will start from the 15th position while Paul di Resta from 17th.