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Formula One Champion Vettel Wins Pole for Singapore Grand Prix

World champion racecar driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany looks on from the team garage during qualifying for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 21, 2013 in Singapore. Photographer: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
World champion racecar driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany looks on from the team garage during qualifying for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 21, 2013 in Singapore. Photographer: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) -- World champion Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position today as he seeks a third consecutive victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel posted a time of 1 minute, 42.841 seconds on the first run of the third qualifying round around the Marina Bay Circuit yesterday. The Red Bull driver elected to forgo a second run and claimed his fifth pole of the season, and 41st of his career, as Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg finished second in 1:42.932.

“It’s a weird feeling because you’re standing in the garage,” Vettel said at a news conference. “I was watching the times carefully, and fortunately I was strong enough to stay ahead. It was a great feeling because it could go wrong.”

In addition to winning the past two races in Singapore, Vettel also has captured the last two events of the Formula One season to extend his lead in the championship. He has 222 points after 12 of 19 races, 53 points more than Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean of Lotus qualified third ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Alonso, McLaren’s Jenson Button, STR’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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