By Alex Kapadia
Two-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel used Pirelli tyres to become the first driver who has scored the most pole positions in one season.
The Red Bull racer put in the record-breaking performance at the first qualifying session for Pirelli’s new Yellow soft compound tyres today ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The new tyre will form the basis of the medium tyre for the 2012 season. As well as the soft compound, the other nominated tyre for the Brazilian Grand Prix is the current P Zero White medium.
By claiming his 15th pole position at the 19th and last grand prix of the year, Vettel the Red Bull beats the record established by Nigel Mansell back in 1992.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “It was interesting for us to see the performance of our new compound in qualifying conditions, and I’d like to congratulate Sebastian Vettel for breaking the record of the most number of poles in one season with a spectacular lap: I actually had a bet with one of my colleagues that somebody would get under the 1m12s mark today.
“After the threat of rain didn’t materialise, it turned out to be a reasonably straightforward qualifying, but most people are expecting a much more mixed up race tomorrow.
“That’s obviously going to have a huge impact on the strategy, so we may well see our P Zero Orange wet tyres and P Zero Blue intermediates making their final appearance of the year.”