Vettel on the verge of pole position record

Vettel on the verge of pole position record

The season finale in Brazil will offer Sebastian Vettel the chance to make his legend grow some more if he sets pole position at Interlagos. Michele Merlino compiles the most interesting stats ahead of the final race of 2011

Interlagos driver notes

• Sebastian Vettel dominated last year and also hit the headlines in 2008, when he was almost a decisive factor in the title fight as he passed Hamilton in the final stages to finish fourth. Seb still has one last chance to clinch other records this season: he can score his 17th podium, equalling the all-time record set by Michael Schumacher (2002), and he can surpass the record he shares with Nigel Mansell for most poles in a season (14). He's tied with Michael Schumacher for most races led in a season (16) and wins from pole, now nine, the same number recorded by Mansell in 1992.

• Mark Webber won here in 2009, beating Rubens Barrichello, who fell in the middle of traffic after his first stop. Mark's other rivals started way behind after an unpredictable wet qualifying session. Strangely, until his win two years ago, he hadn't scored a single point at Interlagos. He does have an excellent qualifying record in Brazil though: 8-1 against his team-mates, beaten only by Vettel last year.

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