Unconfirmed reports coming in claim that Sebastian Vettel is already waiting on the podium while stewards decide whether he needs to bother to race or just take the victory.

These ‘reports’ came in after the 2013 champion (ahem) sat out of qualifying after only 1 lap in the final round to watch himself get pole while others failed to beat him.

Here’s how it happened.

Qualifying Round 1 – Poor Di Resta Loses Out

The usual runaround that is the first part of qualifying quickly became a nightmare for Paul Di Resta who finds himself lining up 17th for the start of the race on Sunday.  He was joining by Maldonado in 18th along with the Caterham and Marussia boys.  Massa left it late, but managed to pull a decent lap out of the bag in the final moments to get through to round 2.

Knocked Out: Paul Di Resta, Pastor Maldonado, Charles Pic, Giedo Van Der Garde, Jules Bianchi, Max Chilton

Qualifying Round 2 – Kimi knocked Out

Driving an F1 car is tricky enough already, let alone with back pain.  Being the true racer he is, Kimi Raikkonen carried on with horrible back pain, but could only muster 13th in round 2.   The big news from the 2nd round was Gutierrez – who out performed Hulkenberg and grabbed 7th while his team mate failed to get through.

Vettel popped a ridiculously quick lap, 8 tenths quicker than his team mate nearly a second faster than anyone else.  German national anthem has been cued up for Sunday already.

Knocked Out: Nico Hulkenberg, Jean-Eric Vergne, Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil, Valtteri Bottas

Qualifying Round 3 – Vettel sits out and Grabs Pole Position

The top 10 shoot out consisted of 6 cars actually bothering to out and complete a timed lap.  To add further insult, Sebastian Vettel stepped out of his car after his first run, electing to watch it as a fan on a TV screen.  He nearly looked silly when Rosberg crossed the line, less than a tenth behind.  He then did look very silly though, waving his finger about and marching around while the others brought their cars back in.

The Provisional Grid for Sunday:

PosDriverTeamBest
1Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault1'42.841
2Nico RosbergMercedes1'42.932
3Romain GrosjeanLotus/Renault1'43.058
4Mark WebberRed Bull/Renault1'43.152
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1'43.254
6Felipe MassaFerrari1'43.890
7Fernando AlonsoFerrari1'43.938
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes1'44.282
9Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso/Ferrari1'44.439
10Esteban GutierrezSauber/Ferrari-
11Nico HulkenbergSauber/Ferrari1'44.555
12Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Ferrari1'44.588
13Kimi RaikkonenLotus/Renault1'44.658
14Sergio erezMcLaren/Mercedes1'44.752
15Adrian SutilForce India/Mercedes1'45.185
16Valtteri BottasWilliams/Renault1'45.388
17Paul Di RestaForce India/Mercedes1'46.121
18Pastor MaldonadoWilliams/Renault1'46.619
19Charles PicCaterham/Renault1'48.111
20G.van der GardeCaterham/Renault1'48.320
21Jules BianchiMarussia/Cosworth1'48.830
22Max ChiltonMarussia/Cosworth1'48.930