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Vettel storms to Singapore pole position

Vettel has taken pole position in Singapore after dominating two days of practice.

Sebastian Vettel. Picture: AFP

SINGAPORE - Sebastian Vettel continued his march towards a fourth consecutive Formula One world championship by storming to pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday after dominating the two days of practice.

The Red Bull driver, who is 53 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with seven races remaining, clocked a fastest lap of one minute 42:841 seconds around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The second row for Formula One's only night race will be occupied by Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Vettel's Australian team mate Mark Webber.

Lewis Hamilton will start in fifth place in the second Mercedes while Alonso in seventh after being outqualified by Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa.

Vettel has looked unstoppable since the second practice session on Friday and although he set the quickest time ever around the demanding 23-turn circuit early in the final qualifying round, he had a nervous wait to be sure of pole after gambling that the time would suffice.

"It's a weird feeling to stand in garage with two minutes to go, it's much worse when you watch the others and there's nothing you can do."

He said he's very happy with the result and added that the car has been "phenomenal" all weekend.