Vettel takes pole in Indian GP

Greater Noida: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position Saturday for the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel`s time of 1 minute, 24.178 seconds around Buddh International Circuit was three tenths of a second faster than McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton, who will drop down to fifth as a result of a rules infringement in Friday practice.

Red Bull`s Mark Webber was third fastest, ahead of Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso and McLaren`s Jenson Button.

Ferrari`s Felipe Massa qualified seventh despite a heavy crash on the final lap when his right-front suspension broke going over a curb, sending him skidding into a barrier.

Mercedes` Nico Rosberg, Force India`s Adrian Sutil and Toro Rosso pair Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari completed the top 10.

Bureau Report