F1 » 10 July 2011
Post-qualifying press conference - British GP - Pt.1
Drivers: Mark Webber (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Mark, you won here last year, pole position today, what is it about you and this Silverstone circuit?
Oh, not sure. I think I always enjoy driving here. You have still got to put it all together. You don't get these results without applying yourself. It was a very mixed session for all of us. Even the build-up, obviously, with yesterday's rain and things like that. It was important to make sure every lap counted as you never knew if it was the one that would count for your main grid position. So even in Q2 and things like that you wanted to make sure you weren't caught out and having to scramble around on inters to try and do a time. In the end very happy with the job we did. It is easy to slip up in conditions like that from an organisational and logistical point of view, but also from a driver's perspective, so very good job from the team and we are in a very good position for tomorrow's race..
Sebastian, there was a lot going on in the run-up to qualifying. Difficult conditions during qualifying. Was that the most pressure you have felt under during qualifying during a season.
I wouldn't say most pressure, but I think it was a difficult session with the conditions changing. When it starts to rain here it can vary on different parts of the circuit and it is quite difficult to see where it is wet or damp or if it's fine. You really rely on the out lap or the lap before as if you arrive flat out and it is still damp it is very easy to go off track. All in all that wasn't easy, but in the end it was dry. Shame that we couldn't get the second run. I would have loved to challenge Mark again but I think he had a good lap and it was a very good result for us today, especially with the amount of talk going into that qualifying or into the race here, so good to see we are still on top of our game and still can produce reasonably quick lap times. We are quite happy. Tomorrow, anything can happen. I think this circuit is quite tough on tyres, so we see what we get tomorrow.
Fernando, you were off track in the first part of qualifying, really flirting with disaster. But you came through in the end to be only a tenth off pole. You must be pleased with that?
Yeah, very happy. I think it is the best qualifying in terms of the gap to pole position of the year. We have been more or less, on average, one second or seven-tenths in the last couple of races, and here in Silverstone, on a circuit that normally is not our preference in terms of lay-out and characteristics, with these high speed corners, being one-tenth off the pole is good news for us. The new parts we brought here are working well and [I'm] pleased with qualifying. But the job is tomorrow when the points are given, so hopefully in the race we can still perform well, be close to these guys and put some pressure to be on the podium in the end.
Mark, how big a distraction has all the row over the blown diffusers been in the run-up to the qualifying session this weekend and what are your prospects for the race tomorrow do you think?
Well, I think the team has handled it pretty well. Seb and I have concentrated on the driving, otherwise it gets very, very boring. But it is not new for our team. Adjustable front ride height controllers, front wings, whatever. Every year we have a new thing to talk about. This last few weeks it has been about this. Let's hope everyone can find a common ground. It is incredibly boring also for the fans. I think they cannot understand 0.1 per cent of what's going on. Even for us it is sometimes difficult, so let's get on with the racing. Keep the rules as simple as possible from the start of the year maybe and go from there. But from my perspective for tomorrow I am in great shape. I have prepared well and ready to challenge for the win for sure.
Mark, which side is pole and are you quite happy whichever side it is? Is it on the left side?
Definitely on the left. If it's not, we will change it tonight.
Your second pole after Spain and you were a winner here last year. The eighth pole position of your career. Do you derive a lot of satisfaction from this?
Yes, it is always rewarding when you get the maximum out of the situation. I couldn't have done any better today apart from obviously being on pole by a bigger margin but that's not always possible with these guys around. I did my best and it was enough to be the quickest car when it counted. Hasn't always been the case this year, but today it worked out well. Tricky session. Very easy to look stupid when you make a mistake. Rain and different tyres and what do you do and when do you go and all that sort of stuff. It adds a bit more intensity to the logistical side for the team but also inside the cockpit for us. Particularly in our garage we can't see much. It's like being in an underground car park down there. We can't see the track, we can't see too much of the conditions so we have got to go purely on the television so engineers did a good job.
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