Vettel pleased with pole in tricky weather conditions

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Sebastian Vettel is pleased to have secured his ninth pole position of the season in Brazil today despite the tricky weather conditions that warranted a forty minute delay before the final part of qualifying.

The German driver did not let the wet conditions get the better of him and secured pole by over six-tenths of a second ahead of compatriot Nico Rosberg. However, Vettel admitted that he was surprised that he was able to use intermediate tires during the final session after the severity of the rain.

“It took a long time for us to get out,” he said. “There was a lot of rain after Q2, and then we needed to wait. If there is too much water on the track it is a shame for the people who wait. I was surprised by how much of the water had gone, I went straight on the intermediates and was able to get a very very good lap in straight away. I tried again on the second to beat that, and was very close, so with both my laps I was very happy, surprised by the margin.”

Vettel was also delighted to have secured the final pole position of the 2013 season given that he had set just one lap time during the final practice session on Saturday morning.

“Great in these conditions to get it all right, we’ve had very little practice and still got the car where we wanted it to be in the end so very happy.”

The four-time world champion is now chasing his ninth consecutive victory in Brazil, and should he win the race, he would equal Alberto Ascari’s long-standing record that was set across two seasons in 1952 and 1953.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.