Sebastian Vettel claimed Ferrari’s first pole position since September 2015 ahead of the Russian Grand Prix with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen making it a Ferrari front row lockout for the first time since 2008. In our latest post, F1 Top 10, looks back at the German’s best pole positions of his F1 career to date.
Italy 2008: This was the weekend where Formula 1 saw a new star born. Sebastian Vettel took his first pole position in a Toro Rosso before going on to win his first F1 race the next day at the legendary Monza circuit.
China 2009: Vettel gave Red Bull their first ever pole position at the Shanghai International circuit back in 2009. The result was a shock as the German managed to out qualify the dominant BrawnGP team. In the race, Vettel, converted his pole position into a race victory in what was his first win for Red Bull.
Abu Dhabi 2010: With a world championship at stake, Sebastian Vettel, produced a spectacular lap during qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2010. The lap was arguably the most important of his career as the German trailed Fernando Alonso by 15 points heading in to the final race weekend of the year. Vettel knew he had to deliver in qualifying to have a chance of beating the Spaniard and after taking pole on the Saturday he dominated the race on the Sunday to re-write the history books.
Monaco 2011: Vettel completely dominated F1 qualifying in 2011 taking an incredible 15 out of a possible 19 pole positions. However, Vettel’s only pole in Monaco to date was arguably the highlight of his 15. The German blitzed the field showing his true ability taking pole by a staggering 0.441 seconds from McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Singapore 2015: After a disappointing 2014 season, Vettel was back to his best with his new team, Ferrari. The German produced another one of his stunning laps in qualifying to give the Scuderia their first pole position since Germany 2012. Vettel was in a league of his own in what was a flash back to his dominant days at Red Bull as he qualified over half a second quicker than the nearest challenger Daniel Ricciardo.