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.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”