Sebastian Vettel celebrated breaking a nearly two-decade-old record with a cheeky dig at its previous holder. Although the back to back world champion took a couple of races longer to achieve it, Vettel on Saturday raced past Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record of 14 poles in a single F1 season.
The 24-year-old admitted beating “the master” – who 19 years ago set the record in an Adrian Newey-inked Williams – was “very special”. But he later stuck on a giant orange moustache whilst celebrating with his mechanics; a cheeky nod to Briton Mansell’s 90s look.
Vettel’s Interlagos pole was less than two tenths faster than the Q3 time set by his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
“Unfortunately I could not look after old Nigel today,” the Australian joked, “I tried to help him but it didn’t work out, so a good lap for Seb.”
Another consolation prize for Webber this weekend was receiving the DHL Fastest Lap award, with his six fastest laps of the race to be unbeaten by any rival in 2011.
“It’s a lot better than a lot of the trophies we get on the podium; a lot of them are quite boring but it is quite a nice trophy and also a beautiful Rolex,” he said.