Vettel powers to pole in India
Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance of the Indian Grand Prix weekend by securing the 35th pole position of his Formula One career.
After winning the last three races to take up the lead in the world-title battle, Vettel is on course to extend that advantage should he score a second successive victory at the Buddh International Circuit.
The 24-year-old German, quickest in all three practice sessions, edged out Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber by just 0.044 seconds, nailing his second flying lap in the top-10 shoot-out after making an error on his first run.
It is the first time in Red Bull's history they have managed to lock out the front row of the grid for three consecutive races.
Behind the Red Bulls will be the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the former a quarter of a second behind Vettel.
For Fernando Alonso, trailing Vettel by six points in the standings, the Spaniard will have to fight his way through as he starts fifth in his Ferrari followed by team-mate Felipe Massa.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, still in with an outside chance of the title, lines up seventh in his Lotus, with Sauber's Sergio Perez a superb eighth.
Pastor Maldonado, who was fastest at the end of the first session in his Williams, starts ninth, with Nico Rosberg 10th for Mercedes.
A slight mistake in Q2 cost Romain Grosjean dear as the Frenchman missed out on a place in the top 10 by 0.025secs to Massa.
The Lotus driver will start 11th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India, with team-mate Paul Di Resta a lowly 16th, his worst grid slot since last year's Belgian Grand Prix.
In between the duo are Williams' Bruno Senna, Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, whilst Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi finished a staggering 1.2secs down on team-mate Perez and starts 17th.
Jean-Eric Vergne, out-qualified by Toro Rosso team-mate Ricciardo for the 14th time this season, will start 18th ahead of the Caterhams, Marussias and HRTs.
Vitaly Petrov will line up in front of Heikki Kovalainen, the Finn beaching his Caterham in the gravel at the death in Q1 as he attempted to at least get ahead of the Russian.
Marussia duo Timo Glock and Charles Pic will start 21st and 24th, sandwiching HRT pair Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan, the latter in his home grand prix and avoiding the final grid slot.