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Vettel revels in 'perfect' qualifying

The German earned his 11th 'pole' of the season, and he gets in prime position for a Formula1 title renewal.
Saturday, September 24, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept 25, 2011 (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel ignored all talk of records and championships on Saturday after grabbing a sizzling pole position for the potentially decisive Singapore Grand Prix.

Instead the 24-year-old said he was delighted with his and the Red Bull team's performance after putting both cars on the front row of the grid for Sunday's race under the lights.

The German, who is seeking to retain his world drivers' championship, grabbed his 11th pole of the season -- and was further boosted when team-mate Mark Webber secured second place on the grid late on.

"A perfect qualifying session for us," beamed Vettel, who was more than three-tenths of a second faster than Australian Webber and had the luxury of giving up on his last quick run.

"In the last run, I tried maybe a little bit too much at the chicane at Turn 10. I decided to abort and go easy -- to not damage the car."

"But all in all a perfect session. It's a big challenge -- so many corners and a long lap to get everything together.

"We learned from the mistakes we did in qualifying last year and kept our heads cool. It's great today to have both cars in front row, so let's see tomorrow."

Vettel is now only three pole positions away from equalling Briton Nigel Mansell's record number for Williams in the 1992 season. But he said he was not thinking of that or the championship.

"I think it was pretty exceptional to do what Nigel did," said Vettel. "It was 1992, Nigel had an incredible year. We are not doing too bad this year, but it'd be wrong to start thinking about those things.

"We have a long race ahead of us tomorrow, that's where we score points and not in qualifying. It shows that every single race is another step for us. "We try to focus on the moment -- which is the most important to get all out. We have to keep doing what we are doing, and it's not easy to do it every weekend."

Vettel racing under the lights of the MArina Bay Circuit

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