Following Qualifying at the German Grand Prix where Lewis Hamilton made a miraculous recovery to rob Vettel of the much-desired home pole position, Sebastian Vettel reflects on a ‘tight’ Qualifying session while both Vettel and team-mate, Mark Webber, pinpointed Sector one as their achilles heel.
“It was very tight today,” Vettel said. “I tried everything. The car felt fine; I was struggling a little bit this afternoon in the first sector, I was losing time there and then trying to catch up. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, but it looks like we are a bit closer to the Mercedes here than we were in Silverstone, so I think we made some progress and can have confidence for tomorrow.
“We had a good run yesterday looking at the race, so I think we have done our homework. We have put the car on the first row; it wasn’t quite enough for pole position, but we should have a good race from there tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Webber, who claimed his maiden win at the circuit in 2009, retained that he was happy with third on the grid and shared Vettel’s view on the first sector: “I was actually happy with third position today, as it was very sensitive out there. We lost a little bit in the first sector and struggled to find the rhythm that we had had there in P3, but we know there was a shift in track temp and it pulled everyone together a bit, at least for the short runs. With the long runs, we’re happy with the car, so we’re in a good position to put pressure on for the race victory tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel will start second behind Lewis Hamilton, while Mark Webber starts third.