Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel produced a sublime lap in treacherous conditions to claim his ninth pole position of the season in Brazil on Saturday.

Heavy rain had delayed the start of Q3, but when the action got going it was the world champion who made the most of the intermediate tyres to set a lap time over a half a second quicker than those of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:26.479 23
02. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:27.102 22
03. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:27.539 21
04. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:27.572 23
05. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:27.677 23
06. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:27.737 22
07. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.052 24
08. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.081 25
09. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.109 20
10. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:29.582 21
11. Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus F1 1:27.456 21
12. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:27.798 16
13. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:27.954 16
14. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:28.269 15
15. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:28.308 15
16. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:28.586 19
17. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:27.367 12
18. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:27.445 14
19. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:27.843 6
20. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:28.320 6
21. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:28.366 11
22. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:28.950 11
  Q1 107% Time: 1:31.315