Can anyone stop Vettel?

Can anyone stop Vettel?
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel putting in a stunning lap during qualifying on Saturday. The German, who has been in imperious form this season, winning six of the 12 races held so far, clocked 1min 42.841sec to lock up the sweetest spot on the grid at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel lit up the night at Marina Bay on Saturday, clocking the fastest-ever pole position at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

The German, who has been in imperious form this season, winning six of the 12 races held so far, clocked 1min 42.841sec to lock up the sweetest spot on the grid. That bettered the best pole (1:44.381) set in Singapore - which was also recorded by Vettel in 2011.

Lining up beside the world champion was Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who timed 1:42.932.

As expected, the session extended the Red Bull v Mercedes qualifying battle this year. The two teams have bagged all 13 poles so far this season, with Mercedes on eight (Hamilton five, Rosberg three) and Red Bull on five (all Vettel).

Lotus' Romain Grosjean broke up the teams' duopoly of the top four spots by putting in a stunning 1:43.058 lap on his final run to demote Red Bull's Mark Webber to fourth (1:43.152).

That consequently pushed the season's "pole king" Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes down into fifth (1:43.254).

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa (1:43.890) and Fernando Alonso (1:43.938) struggled on the high downforce circuit as expected, managing only sixth and seventh.

The only consolation for Ferrari and the thousands of Tifosi in Singapore is that the F138 has a good race pace. And watching Alonso attempt to keep alive his slim championship hopes by moving up the field tonight should be an exciting and entertaining prospect.

Already 53 points (222-169) behind Vettel with just six races left after this one, his chances of landing a third drivers' crown would suffer a near-fatal blow if he loses further ground on the standings leader.

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