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Vettel Wins Pole Position for Formula One Indian Grand Prix

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Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sebastian Vettel continued his late run to the Formula One championship by winning pole position for today’s Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel, the two-time defending world champion, posted a time of 1 minute, 25.283 seconds at the Buddh International Circuit to beat Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who qualified in 1:25.327.

Vettel has won the past three races to overtake Fernando Alonso at the top of the drivers’ standings.

“I’m very happy to be on pole; it’s the best position to start,” Vettel, 25, said in a press conference. “We got a very good result and now we look forward to the race.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will start on the second row in front of Ferrari teammates Alonso and Felipe Massa. Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen, Sauber’s Sergio Perez, Williams’s Pastor Maldonado and Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

Vettel leads the standings with 215 points, six more than Alonso, with four races remaining in the season.

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