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Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix after beating Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg to the front of the grid.
The 26-year-old has been totally dominant again this season and sits 90 points clear at the top of the standings with just four races to go.
The German ace needs only a fifth-place finish or better at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend to guarantee his fourth successive world title.
And the Red Bull flyer has given himself an excellent chance of victory as he was 0.752 seconds clear of Rosberg on Saturday, who beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.07secs.
Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber will start from the second row of the grid after qualifying in fourth place, with Felipe Massa fifth next to Kimi Raikkonen.
The rest of the top 10 is made up of Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, who will start in eighth place after choosing to qualify on medium tyres, Sergio Perez and Jenson Button.
Vettel is an overwhelming favourite to make it three India GP victories in a row and claim the title but he is refusing to take anything for granted ahead of Sunday’s race.
“So far it’s been a brilliant weekend,” he said. “The car was very good from the moment we hit the track yesterday and we haven’t had to change a lot.
“I’m trying not to think about the championship but it is hard when every other person asks the same question. Tomorrow is a long race but we have a quick package and should be in good shape.”