Vettel on pole for fifth race in a row

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel seized his fifth successive pole position on Saturday as Red Bull swept the front row with another dominant display in Turkey.
 
The German, so comfortable with his time that he was parked up in the garage and out of the car with a minute of the final session still to run, was joined at the front by Australian team mate Mark Webber.

Vettel's time of one minute 25.049 seconds, was 0.405 quicker than Webber.

It was Red Bull's third Turkish pole in a row and, in a race that has always been won by a driver starting from the first two places, left the champions with high hopes of being third time lucky -- providing they stay clear of each other.

Vettel and Webber, who was on pole in 2010, were heading for a one-two last year when they collided while fighting for the lead, handing a one-two to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button instead.

"I am very happy and very pleased after the bad shunt yesterday and the work load I managed to give to all the mechanics," grinned Vettel, who missed Friday's second practice after crashing heavily in the morning.

"It was a pretty big hit. They did a very good job and I had a fantastic car today," added the German, who showed he had also learned a lesson from the last Chinese Grand Prix by not going out for a final lap and saving a set of fresh tyres.

"We talked about it before the qualifying," the championship leader, winner of the first two races, said of his decision to end the session early.

"Both of us after the first run had the feeling we might be safe...but in the end you never know. If it works you are the hero but if it doesn't you are not."

Hamilton, who beat Vettel in Shanghai on strategy after saving a set of tyres and doing one more stop than the German, will start in fourth place and with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg alongside.

Ferrari's double world champion Fernando Alonso qualified fifth with Button, winner in 2009 after Vettel had taken pole, back in sixth place.

The pole was the 19th of Vettel's career, one more than Hamilton, and left him just three short of equalling the late triple champion Ayrton Senna's record of eight in a row set in 1988/89.

Vettel leads the standings with 68 points after three races, with Hamilton on 47, Button on 38 and Webber 37.

Turkish Grand Prix starting grid
          
1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)    RedBull - Renault
2. Mark Webber (Australia)       RedBull - Renault
3. Nico Rosberg (Germany)        Mercedes
4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain)      McLaren
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain)       Ferrari
6. Jenson Button (Britain)       McLaren
7. Vitaly Petrov (Russia)        Renault
8. Michael Schumacher (Germany)  Mercedes
9. Nick Heidfeld (Germany)       Renault
10. Felipe Massa (Brazil)         Ferrari
11. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil)   Williams - Cosworth
12. Adrian Sutil (Germany)        Force India - Mercedes
13. Paul Di Resta (Britain)       Force India - Mercedes
14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela)  Williams - Cosworth
15. Sergio Perez (Mexico)         Sauber - Ferrari
16. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari
17. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain)     Toro Rosso - Ferrari
18. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)   Lotus - Renault
19. Jarno Trulli (Italy)          Lotus - Renault
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)     HRT - Cosworth
21. Timo Glock (Germany)          Virgin - Cosworth
22. Narain Karthikeyan (India)    HRT - Cosworth
23. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan)       Sauber - Ferrari
24. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium)   Virgin - Cosworth

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