Vettel eyes pole record

Sebastian Vettel looks set to break an almost twenty year old Formula 1 record this year.

In 1992, Williams’ Nigel Mansell started from the front of the grid no fewer than 14 times, and Vettel has already won 10 poles in 2011 with six races left to run.

The 24-year-old German, however, admitted that even if he does capture Mansell’s record, he would not consider himself the best qualifier in F1 history.

“I think it (the record would be) nice to hear but I think the most impressive one – and it will probably always be – is Ayrton Senna.

“The amount of poles he got during a year and then for three or four years in a row, I think that’s the real benchmark,” said Vettel.

In addition to the pole record, Vettel could also become F1’s highest ever scorer of points, according to an analysis by Brazil’s Globo Esporte.

So far in 2011, Vettel has won just over 87 per cent of all the points available to him, with the all-time record for an entire season being Michael Schumacher’s 84.71 in 2002.