Although surprised by the pace of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, both Red Bull drivers were happy with their qualifying performance and hope for a strong Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel will line up second on the grid for tomorrow’s race, with his team-mate, Mark Webber one place behind in third.
Sebastian Vettel – 2nd: “I think both Mark and were surprised by the gap to Lewis. He’s been quick all weekend and the McLaren seems to be generally very strong here. We could see in Q1 and Q2 that it would be difficult to match their pace, so think this was the maximum we could do today. I’m very pleased so far, it should be a good race. The car is working well here; it just seems that our KERS button, which we have on the steering wheel, isn’t working! But, let’s see. think we have a good race pace and the car is getting better and better. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Mark Webber – 3rd: “A good day for the team – I’m happy to starting near the front of the grid and we have a good chance tomorrow for a strong result. I’m surprised Hamilton’s time, McLaren have done very good job, no question about it, it seems that this suits them. We’re going to have our cut out to beat Lewis tomorrow, but we’re going to give it our best shot. I think the KERS gives them good advantage but, even without that, clearly have a good car here. But, it’s long race and anything can happen.”
Christian Horner: Firstly, what fantastic venue. Dhabi has amazing job track is a brilliant addition to calendar. It good final qualifying session of both cars comfortably through in both drivers delivered really laps. Second third is a very team result. on pole by reasonable but we hope push him hard race tomorrow. should be a exciting finale season.”
Fabrice Lom, Renault, Principal Engineer Track Support: “A good team effort. Coming here, we didn’t think this track would suit us so well, so it’s a good result. Second and third is the best we could do today I think, especially when we see Hamilton’s pace – he’s very, very quick, so congratulations to him for his pole position. We’ll try to make life hard for him tomorrow and score the maximum number of points to end the season on a high.”