Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are hoping that their decision to start on the prime tyres will prove beneficial in tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Unlike pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, the Red Bull duo elected to run on Bridgestone’s medium compound – a move which would have compromised their qualifying performance, but arguably have put them in a stronger position for the race.
Webber managed to qualify in second place, with team-mate Vettel right behind.
As a result, both drivers will be hoping to make up for their incident in Turkey and firmly get Red Bull’s title challenge back on track.
Mark Webber – 2nd:“We thought we could do a good job in qualifying on the hard tyre and it turned out to be the case. We knew we would still try and have a crack at the front row, but we also knew the McLarens were very strong on the option tyre, which they elected to take. It’s a long race tomorrow, we’re planning to do the best we can and we’re hoping the tyres will be beneficial to us. We’re also mindful that there might be the odd safety car here and there – there are many different ways tomorrow’s race may unfold. But, we’ve stuck to our guns, done a great job and Seb and I are in the top three again.”
Sebastian Vettel – 3rd: “It was a pretty entertaining session, especially Q3. We went out on the hard tyres, which take a while to come in. We knew that and to be honest I didn’t get a good lap in until the very last lap, so it wasn’t perfect timing, but it worked. My final lap wasn’t that clean, so I’m happy I made it to third today; it’s good. Looking to tomorrow, I think I should have a good start as I’m on the inside. I’m happy that both Mark and I made it to these positions with what is, from my point of view, the right tyre. Yesterday’s practice showed that the soft tyre is quite difficult to last for more than a couple of laps.”
Christian Horner: “A really interesting qualifying session. We opted for a strategically different route to the other cars around us, by opting to run on the hard tyre. Both drivers felt it was the better tyre to start the race on tomorrow. I’m very happy with both Mark and Sebastian’s performance at this track that, coming here, we knew shouldn’t be one of our strongest. So to achieve second and third is a really strong team result.”
(Renault) Fabrice Lom: “It’s a bit of a sad day, as it’s the first time we didn’t get pole position this year. But, it’s still a good result second and third is very respectable, especially on this track. It’s difficult for engines due to the long straights, but we think we have the tool to do well during tomorrow’s race.”