2013 USA GP: VETTEL GOT HIS 44-TH POLE IN AUSTIN

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the United States Grand Prix, having set a fastest time of 1:36.338, securing 44th pole of the newly-crowned champion’s career and his eighth of the season.

Qualifying got underway in ambient temperatures of 27 degrees with a strong wind. Williams driver Valtteri Bottas went fastest in Q1 on the medium compound tyres, which all the drivers who completed a second run used by the end of the session. The Lotus drivers both did only one run while all the other teams completed two runs. Both Red Bull drivers used just one set of hard tyres during Q1 and this enabled them to save their allocation of medium tyres for the rest of qualifying and the race.

All the drivers who went through to Q2 used the medium tyres from the beginning of the session, with Vettel leading his team mate Mark Webber by the end of the session as track temperatures fell slightly. The final top 10 again used the medium tyre only during Q3. Vettel set pole position on his second run, in the closing seconds of the session – having made the difference over his team mate in the last sector of the lap.
 P.    DRIVER               TEAM                  TIME       GAP  
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull              1:36.338
 2. Mark Webber           Red Bull              1:36.441   + 0.103
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus                 1:37.155   + 0.817
 4. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber                1:37.296   + 0.958
 5. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG          1:37.345   + 1.007
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1:37.376   + 1.038
 7. Sergio Perez          McLaren               1:37.452   + 1.114
 8. Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus                 1:37.715   + 1.377
 9. Valtteri Bottas       Williams              1:37.836   + 1.498
10. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber                1:38.034   + 1.696
  Q2 fastest time: Sebastian Vettel 1:40.473                 Gap  
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso            1:38.131   + 1.066
12. Paul di Resta         Force India           1:38.139   + 1.074
13. Jenson Button         McLaren               1:38.217   + 1.152
14. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG          1:38.364   + 1.299
15. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1:38.592   + 1.527
16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso            1:38.696   + 1.631
  Q1 fastest time: Valtteri Bottas 1:40.693                  Gap  
17. Adrian Sutil          Force India           1:39.250   + 1.429
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams              1:39.351   + 1.530
19. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham              1:40.491   + 2.670
20. Jules Bianchi         Marussia              1:40.528   + 2.707
21. Charles Pic           Caterham              1:40.596   + 2.775
22. Max Chilton           Marussia              1:41.401   + 3.580
107% Time: 1:44.668