Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are on a high following Saturday’s Qualifying session, which saw the defending World Champion grab his third consecutive Canadian pole position, beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and William’s Valtteri Bottas who line up 2nd and 3rd respectively.
It was a close battle and as Qualifying progressed, it was clear that it would be one of the Red Bull’s on pole position. But with the duo swapping fastest times, it was tough to judge who would grab the top spot. Eventually it was Vettel who set the fastest lap to claim his 39th career pole position.
“It was very tricky today.” said the German. “Especially as you never knew what the conditions were going to be like the next time you went out. It was intermediate tyres throughout, but it was extremely difficult to adapt as the conditions were constantly changing.
“In the last qualifying session we decided to have two runs; we thought the second would be quicker, as we had a new set of tyres for that, but it started to drizzle in the last sector, in particular in the chicane. I went straight there on one lap and on the second I had a mistake somewhere else, so it turned out that the first run was the important one. I’m happy the lap was good enough, as it was tight with Lewis.
He also congratulated Valtteri Bottas who was a career-best 3rd place. “Congratulations to Valtteri, I think he did an excellent job putting the Williams on P3.
“For us, I am extremely happy with the result and looking forward to the race tomorrow. I think we had strong pace yesterday, so no matter what the conditions we should be in decent shape.” Vettel added.
Mark Webber is the other RB9, was caught out on his first timed lap and cut across the grass at turn 8. The Aussie eventually finished the Qualifying session in 5th, depsite looking particularly strong in the earlier stages of the Qualifying hour.
He echoed his team-mates words, saying, “That was quite tricky for everyone. It’s a bit of a mixed grid and I would have liked to have been a bit more comfortable than fifth, but in the end it’s what we got.
There’s a long way to go tomorrow, so let’s see how it unfolds. It was a good job by Bottas and it should be an interesting grand prix. Dry conditions tomorrow are nicer for everyone as it makes it a bit more predictable and straight forward, and visibility here isn’t great here if it rains.