Jean Todt was with the Prancing Horse team during the success of Michael Schumacher.
Each year, Pirelli publish the numbers that tell the story of the Formula One season.
Mark Webber finished second on an identical strategy, on his final F1 grand prix before moving to endurance racing.
Only four drivers have claimed pole position this year – Vettel, his team mate Mark Webber and the Mercedes line-up of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg on top again at Interlagos as he delivers repeat performance.
Development tyres for Friday practice at final Grand Prix of the season
The biggest challenge facing the drivers throughout the Austin weekend was hugely variable track temperatures.
Pirelli wants to know what they should do.
It was the 44th pole of the newly-crowned champion’s career and his eighth of the season.
The quickest driver of the day was Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who set a time of 1m37.305s on the medium compound tyres halfway through FP2.
Formula One received an absolutely fantastic welcome from the American public last year, which made it a truly memorable race.
Adrian Newey thinks Lotus and Ferrari were just lucky, just as Red Bull was a little unlucky
Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera: "If they (Ferrari) didn't use the tyres properly, it's not our fault."
The majority of drivers started the race on the soft tyre.
Webber’s 1m39.957s pole lap, the 13th of his career and his second of this season, means that he equals the pole position record for an Australian, established by Jack Brabham.