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Sebastian Vettel secures pole position at Istanbul Park // Red Bull regain their form to take a dominant 1-2 in qualifying

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Sebastian Vettel secures pole position at Istanbul Park
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Hello and welcome, this is F1Minute for the 7th May.

Red Bull found their form again today. After Sebastian Vettel’s car was rebuilt overnight, the German took the fastest time in FP3 and went on to secure pole position in qualifying as well.

FP3 was bright and sunny, with no major incidents to speak of. Qualifying also had good weather, but after only a few minutes of action in the first session, we already had our first dropout. Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber gave up underneath him and although he tried to crawl back to the pit lane, he couldn’t quite make it and that saw him out of qualifying. Lotus seemed improved with Kovalainen just a couple of tenths off making it into Q2. He didn’t however, and that left the rest of the field to battle it out.

When it came to fighting for pole position, Vettel and teammate Mark Webber both put in storming laps for a Red Bull 1-2, and although there was still half the session remaining, they climbed out of the car, happy with the job done. It felt a bit smug, but they had got what they came for, and the other drivers either couldn’t beat them or backed off and didn’t even bother to try.