Vettel frustrated despite pole

Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel wished he could have gone ‘a little bit quicker’ in qualifying despite taking pole for the US Grand Prix in Texas (Vettel 4/9 to win the US Grand Prix).

The Red Bull driver finished just 0.109 quicker than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, but his pole position means he is well set to retain his Drivers’ Championship.

The German needs to finish 15 points ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to claim his third successive title.

He seems well set to achieve that aim with Alonso finishing down in ninth, though he was promoted to eighth due to Lotus’s Romain Grosjean’s grid penalty for a gearbox change (Alonso 5/1 to win the Drivers’ Championship).

Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Marc Webber will start in third, while Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes in fifth.

Speaking after qualifying, Vettel revealed his delight to be starting such an important race out in front. However, he felt the distance between himself and Hamilton was a little too close for comfort.

“In qualifying we were very happy. In the last section I would have loved to go a little bit quicker, I think I lost a little bit in the first and the last sector,” said the 25-year-old.

“It was a little bit closer than I wanted probably with Lewis. But, all in all, fantastic. We start from the clean side, both of us [Red Bull drivers] so it should be a good race tomorrow.”

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