2013 Brazilian GP Qualifying: Sebastian Vets Pole At Interlagos

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And one thought that rain would be the only way to stop Sebastian Vettel’s record breaking charge! And much like the previous occasions in the 2013 Formula1 Season, Sebastian Vettel proved everyone wrong has he netted pole position in the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix; his 9th pole of the season.

Such was his driving prowess that his nearest competitor was nearly 6 tenths slower; motivation certainly isn’t lacking in our quadruple World Champion and neither is talent, so what is? Humility isn’t the answer…

Sebastian Vettel on pole position of the 2013 Brazilian GP (Courtesy: Red Bull Racing)

In a wet qualifying session, the usual suspects came out on top with Rosberg in P2 followed by Alonso who drove a mega lap himself to qualify his otherwise slow Ferrari on the front two rows. The biggest disappointment for me in this session was Lewis Hamilton (P5) who is known to excel in such conditions; he was also my pick for the only driver who could beat Vettel to pole position.

The other disappointment of course was FIA’s reason to delay Q3 for nearly 30 mins due to standing water on the track (now what is Interlagos without its running water stream?) which made me wonder altogether, why do Pirelli manufacture and bring wet weather tyres to a racing event if we’re not going to use them?

I am not sure of the weather predictions for Race Day, but I do hope that we have a race without delays; I wouldn’t want to give Star Sports even the slightest of reasons to change their programming away from the last Grand Prix of the season. (Read: Ditched by Star Sports; Formula1 fans will thank TATA)

Formula1 Qualifying Results:

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Mark Webber
  5. Lewis Hamilton
  6. Romain Grosjean
  7. Daniel Ricciardo
  8. Jean Eric Vergne
  9. Felipe Massa
  10. Nico Hulkenberg
  11. Heikki Kovalainen
  12. Paul Di Resta
  13. Valtteri Bottas
  14. Sergio Perez
  15. Jenson Button
  16. Adrian Sutil
  17. Pastor Maldonado
  18. Esteban Gutierrez
  19. Charles Pic
  20. Giedo Van Der Garde
  21. Jules Bianchi
  22. Max Chilton

And like we said in our pre-Brazil episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Felipe Massa could well be the most cheered driver in Brazil today. So what are your predictions?

Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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