Red Bull has given Vettel the means to fly
Sebastien Vettel claimed a dramatic last gasp pole position at the Istanbul Park circuit and the young German now looks a great 6/4 bet to register his second win of the Formula 1 season at the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Red Bull Racing ace used every ounce of the big Renault engine to snatch away a third successive pole away from 5/4 favourite Jenson Button in the dying seconds of final qualifying recording a time of 1 minute 28.316 seconds.
Button had to settle for a place alongside Vettel on the front row of the grid while Brawn GP's number two, Rubens Barrichello, continued to provide the leading constructor with great back-up with a third place.
Mark Webber in fourth completes an all Red Bull Racing/Brawn GP top four. The big question now is will it finish as it stands?
And the answer to that question undoubtedly depends on tactics; more specifically how far into the race each driver was fuelled to.
Runaway drivers' championship leader Button is scheduled to stop 17 laps in, and as Ross Brawn succinctly stated "if Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber are longer than that they have a strategic advantage, if not we do."
It really is a tough one to call. Button has the form, the Championship points and his team-mate in close proximity while Vettel has position and the knowledge that last time he managed a pole (in China) he went on to lead from start to finish.
The biggest thing Button may have to overcome though is that Adrian Newey has delivered a top notch Red Bull this weekend and it could prove too difficult to pass on the quick Turkish track.
As for the chasing pack it's hard to see anybody turning this into anything but a two horse race.
Rubens Barrichello, always the bridesmaid, is a 7/1 shot to win but he will probably have to make do with supporting Button, while Webber at 16/1 is realistically as far down the list as is worth looking.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of race weekend seven though has to be the tepid showing from the Ferrari boys...again.
A lot of people, including me, had given Felipe Massa every chance of finally making an impression on the 2009 Championship this week yet his hopes look to have disappeared with a sixth-placed qualification - his odds of 25/1 reflect this.
Massa's team-mate and 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikonnen was also off the pace in seventh and now is priced 25/1 to gain a first win of the year.
After a great few days of testing it seemed the Ferrari mechanics had finally made a car to rival the Brawn but it now looks like being the same old story, 'we'll be better next time out'. Although this time Stefano Domenicali's team may be right.
And at least Ferrari are on the right track, something that cannot be said of McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton (125/1) and Heikki Kovalainen (200/1) line up in 16th and 14th respectively and another miserable day is sure to be on its way in Istanbul.