The inaugural edition of Indian Grand Prix already witnessed a record with the qualifying race on Saturday with Red Bull racing team setting a Formula One record of 16 pole positions in a season when double world champion Sebastian Vettel came first.

It was reported that the 24-year-old German's 13th pole in the 17th of 19 races also kept him on course to break Briton Nigel Mansell's 1992 record of 14 poles in a single year. Vettel will be joined on the front row by Australian team mate Mark Webber because McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was second fastest in the final session, has a three-place penalty for ignoring warning flags in Friday practice.

He was quoted as saying "A new circuit, new venue and tricky for all of us, we've seen all weekend the dust on the track. We ended up with one racing line clear of dirt and just a little bit out makes you lose a lot of time, so it was quite tricky. Ideally we want to finish one-two but it's going to be an interesting race."

It was reported that Webber has yet to win this season and Red Bull have said their main aim now both titles have been defended is to ensure the Australian finishes as overall-runner-up. That has triggered speculation that Vettel could gift his team mate a win on Sunday but Webber was having none of that. "There's been a lot of talk from the team but no talk from me," he said. "I don't want any positions off Sebastian. Nothing will change. I think wins are more important for me.’’

The reports mentioned that Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button will share the second row. Hamilton will start fifth and, once again, alongside Brazilian Felipe Massa with whom he has clashed repeatedly this season. The Ferrari driver hit a kerb heavily, smashed his front right suspension and crashed across the gravel and into the wall at the end of the session.

Hamilton was pleased to have split the Red Bulls in the session, even if he would not be the meat in the sandwich when the grid was formed.

Sebastian Vettel

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