Red Bull reclaimed its qualifying supremacy with a shattering lock out of the grid for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix.
Having faced a challenge from the likes of McLaren and Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel managed to secure pole – squeezing out his team-mate by under a tenth of a second.
Both drivers are now fully focused on the task ahead of the tomrrow and hope to return the Milton Keynes-based team back to winning ways, after experiencing a stutter in its title challenge.
Sebastian Vettel – 1st: “Valencia isn’t usually – or shouldn’t be – our strongest circuit so it’s good that we are able to put the car on pole and I think our pace is looking very good. It was a tight qualifying session, and a tough one especially as we reintroduced the F-duct and I think some of the mechanics had maybe an hour or two’s sleep last night, so it’s good to say thank you by putting the cars on one and two. We’re now in a very strong position to start tomorrow’s race.”
Mark Webber – 2nd: “It would be nice to be the other way around but you can’t do it all the time! I’m pleased to be on the front row with Seb, and all credit to the team. This isn’t one of our strongest circuits and the track is like a Tesco car park, but we’ve had a good day and let’s see how tomorrow goes. I’m very optimistic we can have a good race.”
Christian Horner: “The one-two was completely unexpected at a track that might have exposed some of our weaknesses. The team has put a lot of hard work into the new duct, and that combined with other bits and pieces and perfect laps from both drivers has produced a great result to start tomorrow’s race. We know the McLarens are quick in straight-line speed, but we are confident of a good race.”
(Renault) Fabrice Lom: “We are back on the front row with is very good. We made a big step forward with the new parts and with the engines behaving well on this track we can expect a good result tomorrow.”