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VETTEL IS ON POLE IN INDIA! It's the 13th time this season that the world champion has clinched pole position! Massa crashes as his front right wheel is dislodged, while Hamilton gives up on his final lap and pits. Massa is okay. Hamilton finishes second, Webber third, Alonso fourth, Button fifth, Massa sixth, Rosberg seventh. Then Sutil, Buemi, Alguersuari.
Alonso is on a flying lap as Button backs off slightly, Rosberg goes sixth but is 1.6 seconds off the pace, and Hamilton and Vettel prepare for their final push...
Massa and Alonso return to the track, while Sutil and Buemi despondently pit without even completing a lap.
Hamilton is told on the radio to find 0.2-0-3 seconds in the middle sector to find his required improvement, while Sutil sets a slow first sector.
Webber is still 0.071 seconds slower than Vettel, while Sutil, Buemi and Alguersuari go out on track.
Alonso and Massa both pit as Rosberg and Button head out on new soft tyres, while Webber goes third.
Vettel goes fastest with a 1:24.437, ahead of Hamilton who goes second quickest with a 1:24.474.
Massa is looking rather sluggish, but still manages to go second quickest, albeit 0.6 seconds slower than Alonso.
Hamilton makes a botch job of the first sector, as does Massa, but Alonso is 0.4 seconds quicker than both.
Vettel leaves the pits just as Hamiltno begins his first flying lap, and it's all go!
Right, here we go! Q3 is underway, and Hamilton flies out straight away, closely followed by both Ferraris.
So out in order are: 11th - Petrov, 12th - Schumacher, 13th - di Resta, 14th - Maldonado, 15th - Senna, 16th - Barrichello and 17th - Perez.
Alguersuari and Buemi put themselves into the top 10, while Sutil sneaks in behind Rosberg in eighth fastest! Schumacher misses out along with Petrov, and di Resta also misses the mark. Schumacher failed by just 0.018 seconds!
Sutil goes 12th with his first flying lap, while di Resta pips him seconds later. Senna locks up and misses the apex of the final corner.
Vettel is through, along with Hamilton, Alonso, Webber and Button as Schumacher heads out on a new set of soft tyres.
Senna begins another flying lap with under five minutes to go, and he is needing a big final push.
The Force India's hurtle out, and they are battling with the Toro Rosso and Renault pairs for places in Q3.
Button seems very reluctant to make his move, and will only come out if he absolutely has to.
Massa ruins his lap by making a complete hash of exiting turns 8 and 9, and that is a real shame for the Brazilian.
Hamilton goes second, but he loses a lot of time in the middle and final sectors which again show he has a lot more to give.
Sutil, di Resta and Perez have all failed to set a lap thus far, while Senna is well off the pace.
Button goes third, 0.6 seconds slower than Vettel, and he even lost time in the final sector - there's a lot of room for improvement!
Most drivers are reporting that their tyres take two laps to get going, and Rosberg is testament to that with his 1:26.078.
Webber goes second, 0.6s slower than Vettel, with Hamilton third as Rosberg goes fifth.
Vettel steals in and takes top spot on the timesheets once more with a lap of 1:24.657.
Alguersauri goes quickest with a 1:26.668, and another seven drivers will be lost in this session.
Alguersuari is 0.3 seconds up on Senna, and half a second up on Petrov as he makes the early pace.
Okay, we're underway in Q2, and Senna, Petrov and Alguersuari are straight out on the soft tyres - the trio mean business!
Karthikeyan is just 0.022s slower than team-mate Ricciardo, and both HRTs have fared reasonably well. Kovalainen outqualifies Trulli in 19th and 20th respectively.
All eyes first look for Schumacher, who steels in to take 11th and makes it through, while Button goes third with his final flying lap! Kobayashi is the man to drop out in Q1. Schumacher has compromised his race weekend with that last-second panic lap. What does everyone make of that?
Schumacher is still in the drop zone and is winding up for one final flying lap as Button prepares for his onslaught...
Alguersuari goes third on the soft tyres, while Button is back out on the softs and needs a flying lap.
Barrichello is in the drop zone, but gets out into 14th ahead of Schumacher, who is really struggling.
Senna goes fifth and is safe, while Schumacher is languishing down in 17th.
Button pits in despair, while Kobayashi goes 14th with his first timed lap of the session.
Jenson Button reports "no grip - I'm really struggling" and that is to do with the rear of his McLaren. The dust will also be a contributing factor.
Hamilton radios in to his team to report that he was held up by Schumacher, and he's not happy! Kobayashi is on a flying lap with the soft tyres.
Hamilton goes quickest very temporarily, but Vettel is back on top of the timesheets with a 1:26.218.
Schumacher runs wide at the final corner to ruin a promising lap, while Alonso goes fastest with a 1:26.563.
Webber goes quickest with a 1:27.410, but Hamilton and Vettel are swiftly back to beat that time.
Vettel leads with a 1:26.948, and that is the fastest time thus far. Neither Sauber has left the garage yet, meanwhile.
Hamilton still manages to go third quickest despite a pretty wretched lap in which he runs very wide on turn 15.
Karthikeyan's lap is only good enough for seventh place, while Alonso does a 1:27.836 on the hard tyres.
Senna goes quickest with a 1:29.952, but of course it will be rendered pretty irrelevant when the softs are unleashed.
Both Lotus cars look to be on the hard tyres too, while Vettel has another new helmet with a host of his team's faces on it. Hmmm...
Petrov is on the hard tyre as he looks to ease his way into the session following an eventful time in free practice on Friday. Di Resta is out in the Force India.
Okay, Q1 is underway, and the two Lotus cars bolt straight out, followed by d'Ambrosio and Petrov.
The tyre compounds will make qualifying very interesting today, and every team will be tested in terms of their strategy on this circuit. What have you all made of this Buddh International Circuit so far this weekend? Let me know...
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Lewis Hamilton said he fully accepted the three-place grid penalty he has been given for the Indian Grand Prix for ignoring yellow flags in opening practice. The McLaren driver was quickest in the morning session at the new Buddh circuit, but was called up to see the stewards afterwards and awarded the penalty for having gone too quickly while marshals were recovering Pastor Maldonado's stranded Williams. Sauber's Sergio Perez received the same penalty for the same offence.
Sebastian Vettel beat Jenson Button to the fastest time in a late battle for the top spot in the final practice session ahead of Indian Grand Prix qualifying. Just under four tenths of a second separated the Red Bull and McLaren at the end of the hour, with their respective team-mates Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton third and fourth, ahead of the Ferraris.
Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the qualifying session of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi.