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.DriversTeamsTimeLaps
01.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:26.47923
02.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:27.10222
03.Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari1:27.53921
04.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:27.57223
05.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:27.67723
06.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:27.73722
07.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.05224
08.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.08125
09.Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari1:28.10920
10.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:29.58221
11.Finland Heikki KovalainenLotus F11:27.45621
12.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:27.79816
13.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:27.95416
14.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:28.26915
15.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:28.30815
16.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:28.58619
17.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:27.36712
18.Mexico Esteban GutiérrezSauber F11:27.44514
19.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:27.8436
20.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:28.3206
21. France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:28.36611
22. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:28.95011
 Q1 107% Time:1:31.315