Vettel storms to US pole

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Updated: November 17, 2012

Formula one world championship leader Sebastian Vettel followed up his clean sweep in free practice with pole position in the US Grand Prix in his 100th race. The German double world champion is now well poised to make it 3 titles, as rival Fernando Alonso could only manage a very disappointing 9th. The Spaniard will move up to eighth on the starting grid, and right behind Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa in sixth, due to a five place penalty imposed on Lotus’s French driver Romain Grosjean for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Lewis Hamilton, the last winner of the US Grand Prix in 2007, starts alongside Vettel, preventing another Red Bull lock out at the front of the grid, as Mark Webber come in third fastest, with Kimi Raikkonen lining up alongside the Australian.

The new Circuit of the Americas has proved a hit with all the drivers, in particular Vettel, as he looks set to make it a double for Red Bull tomorrow, the drivers Championship and the constructors.

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren
3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault
5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes
6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari
7. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes
8. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari
9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault
10. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault
11. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault
12. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren
13. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes
14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari
15. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari
16. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari
17. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
18. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari
19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth
20. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth
21. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault
22. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault
23. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth
24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth