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Vettel: Fourth the most we could have hoped for

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said that he is feeling 'quite confident' heading into Sunday's European Grand Prix after putting his Renault-powered RB5 on the second row of the grid.

Vettel missed much of the final practice session this morning due to an engine failure, but he still managed to split the two Brawn Grand Prix cars of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button in Q3 to claim fourth spot on the grid with a 1 minute 39.789 second lap.

The German also beat his team-mate Mark Webber, who was around four tenths slower in the sister car.

"I would like to be further forward on tomorrow's grid, but I think that's the most we could have hoped for, so I'm quite happy - especially after not doing many laps this morning,” Vettel stated.

“I'm quite confident about tomorrow, as we made a step forward for this morning and then another for qualifying.

“McLaren look strong and it's hard for the other cars to get close to them. We will see how quick they are in the race tomorrow, but starting in first and second position they have a good chance to win the race. We want to win too though, so we will see.

“I like this track, it's a bit more difficult for us to be at the top here - but it's a long and hot race tomorrow, so let's see."

Mark Webber meanwhile had to make do with P9 and while he was somewhat disappointed, he is determined to try and bounce back on race day.

"We expected to have a tough qualifying session today and it turned out to be the case,” he continued. “We thought we would be in the top six or top eight, so it's not been the best day for us. It's one of our worst qualifying sessions for a long time, but let's see how we go from here.

“We'll fight like hell as normal, Red Bull knows how to do that, I hope we can get some points.”



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Mika - Unregistered

August 22, 2009 8:18 PM

It,s possible that Mclaren can lose tyre performance, during race as he says,which would bring the Red Bull & Brawn with the chance for the win, Jenson in fith needs luck for the start



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