Vettel paid his own tribute to former qualifying record-holder Nigel Mansell

Sebastian Vettel has celebrated breaking Nigel Mansell’s 1992 qualifying record with a great homage to the former World Champion after the German claimed his fifteenth pole position of the season, an all-time record for the sport.

While purists might argue that Mansell’s record – fourteen pole positions in sixteen races – is still the greater achievement, it’s unlikely that we may see this record broken again.

Mansell claimed an unprecedented 14 pole positions in 16 races in 1992 And even Vettel was humbled at beating “the master”, who clocked his fourteen pole positions in an Adrian Newey-designed car, with Vettel repeating the feat in a Newey car nineteen years later.

Not a man known for being able to sprout much in the way of facial hair, Vettel later celebrated the record by donning a bright orange moustache, a clever nod to the former World Champion.

Half of all of Vettel’s 30 pole positions – with the latest effort moving him to sixth on the all-time list, ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio – have been scored this year.

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