2012 Indian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel looking for an encore

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel will be looking to consolidate his position at the top of the Formula One World championship standings when he takes field at the Buddh International Circuit today.

The German, who became the youngest ever F1 World champion in 2010, secured his fifth pole position of the current season and lead a front row lockout with his Australian team-mate Mark Webber on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who names his cars for each season with the latest being ‘Abbey’, had won the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year and will look to repeat the same as he leads Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the top by just six points. The Spaniard will start from fifth position behind the two McLaren’s of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at third and fourth respectively.

Vettel`s flying lap of 1:25.283 in Q3 secured him the pole, his 35th in the career and he will be joined on the front row by team-mate Mark Webber, who was just 0.34s behind.

Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg will start from 12th while his teammate Paul di Resta from 16th position.

The lone Indian driver in the fray Narain Karthikeyan qualified 23rd behind his HRT teammate Pedro de la Rosa.