AUSTIN, Texas – Sebastian Vettel waited until the last moment to steal pole position away from Red Bull team mate Mark Webber in qualifying for the 2013 Formula One United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday afternoon.
Webber looked to have sealed the pole on his last run, but moments later Vettel completed a perfect final sector to grab the top spot by just more than a tenth of a second.
For a short while, it seemed that Webber might take the pole with his second run lap of 1:36.441 in Q3, but Vettel shined when it mattered with a 1:36.338.
Lotus’s Romain Grosjean also timed in late with a 1:37.155 for third as Nico Hulkenberg again starred for Sauber with 1:37.296 and fourth place. Lewis Hamilton should have been closer to the Red Bulls, but got sector one wrong on his first run and then got down to only 1:37.345s for his second to qualify fifth.
That was sufficient to nip Alonso, however, as the Ferrari driver lapped in 1:37.376. McLaren’s Sergio Perez did well enough for seventh at 1:37.452, as did Heikki Kovalainen on his return to active F1 duty. He took eighth in the second Lotus at 1:37.715. The Williams of Valtteri Bottas and the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez completed the top 10.