Newly-crowned double world champion Sebastian Vettel drew level with Nigel Mansell in the Formula One record books on Saturday when he delivered a stunning fastest lap to secure pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel celebrates after grabbing pole at the
Yas Marina circuit on Saturday. PIC/AFP
The 26-year-old German steered his Red Bull car round the Yas Marina circuit in dazzling fashion to create a dramatic finale and steal pole from Lewis Hamilton, who will start second on the grid alongside him for Sunday's 55-laps day-night race. It was Vettel's 14th pole this year and the 29th of his career, in his 80th Grand Prix.
Briton Mansell reeled off his record 14 poles in a single season with the Williams team in his drivers' title winning year of 1992.
Hamilton was second quickest ahead of his English compatriot and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button with Australian Mark Webber fourth in the second Red Bull.
Force India shines
Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta provided Force India a good chance to consolidate its sixth position in the constructors' championship by qualifying ninth and 10th respectively.