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  • Vettel Takes Maiden Pole At Monza

    Originally 'Toro Bashing' was setup for myself and others to make witty banter and to through jokes at the blunders and failures made by the Toro Rosso team, so that we could all have a good laugh. Yet in recent races Vettel, Boudais and the rest of the Toro Rosso team have been forcing me, rather annoyingly to eat my own words. As a string of amazing performances in recent races have seen the team move from ignominy (fighting the Force India's and Honda at the back of the field), to a position whereby they are challenging the front of the mid field pack. Out performing the likes of Toyota, Renault and more importantly Red Bull! At this stage I think Toro Bashing should be renamed 'Bull Bashing' so that maybe Mark and DC will get their act together and do something! But as one who enjoys surprises in F1 and is being forced to swallow his own pride at this very moment, I am very happy to see an emerging star come to the front of racing in what has become a very select Championship.

    An adrenalin high, rain socked, enthralling qualifying session saw young Sebastian Vettel emerge as the Pole sitter ahead of tomorrows Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The young German who now holds the record for being the youngest driver ever, at 21 years 2 months and 11 days, to claim a pole position in F1 history said that it was "Unbelievable, incredible".

    With the other 'more traditional' pole position contenders dropping back with there own problems, Vettel emerged from the spray with a 1:37.555 sec lap time to secure his maiden pole position, ahead of McLaren's Hekki Kovalainen and our own Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber in 3rd.

    "I was joking with my engineers that if it was wet we have to go for pole. The conditions were very difficult today. With water you never knew what to expect. At Ascari there was so much water and I lucky to not lose the car because of aquaplaning.", Vettel said in the post qualifying press conference.

    "I dreamed of being on pole. There are two Italian teams, most people know of the big one, but now people know of the smaller one - Scuderia Toro Rosso"

    Toro Rosso has been the team on form of the last couple of races, doing much to punch well above its weight and out perform what is supposed to be it's much faster and superior sister team; Red Bull Racing. Making DC’s & Webbs attempt’s at racing look almost pedestrian and has certainly relegating them from the points paying positions of late. Toro Rosso are currently level on points with Williams and are both equal 7th in the championship standings. However if the Rosso boys can bring there cars home tomorrow, then there is a very good chance that they will do so in the points and move ahead of Williams.

    Vettel who was confirmed back at the German Grand prix to be replacing David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing next season is unquestionably one of the most likeable drivers in the field and had this to add in the post qualifying press conference, "What can I say? It will take some time to sink in for sure. It was my dream one day to drive an F1 car and then my target is to fight for pole positions and race wins. It was a day I didn't expect. It feels fantastic, incredible, being part of F1, and fighting against those drivers with me is fantastic."

    We have always known that Vettel was going to be an F1 superstar of the future, but perhaps that future has already come to be!

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Sebastian Vettel being driven around the Hockenheimring in a historic car before the 2008 German GP - © ph-stop

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Position Driver Team Time
1 S Vettel Toro Rosso 1:37.555
2 H Kovalainen McLaren 1:37.631
3 M Webber Red Bull 1:38.117
4 S Bourdais Toro Rosso 1:38.445
5 N Rosberg Williams 1:38.767
6 F Massa Ferrari 1:38.894
7 J Trulli Toyota 1:39.152
8 F Alonso Renault 1:39.751
9 T Glock Toyota 1:39.787
10 N Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:39.906
11 R Kubica BMW Sauber 1:36.697
12 G Fisichella Force India 1:36.698
13 D Coulthard Red Bull 1:37.284
14 K Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.522
15 L Hamilton McLaren 1:39.265
16 R Barrichello Honda 1:36.510
17 N Piquet Jnr Renault 1:36.630
18 K Nakajima Williams 1:36.653
19 J Button Honda 1:37.006
20 A Sutil Force India 1:37.417