Christian Horner admitted his team could have locked out the front row of the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix had it not been for the red flag that caused qualifying to be brought to an early end.
Both Sebastian Vettal and Mark Webber were on fast laps when Rubens Barrichello put his Brawn GP car into the wall at turn five, bringing out the red flags and ensuring that the grid was set on the drivers first laps in Q3.
Neither Red Bull driver therefore had the chance to set a time on new rubber and Horner admitted that there was some disappointment at missing out on a potential 1-2, even if both drivers are well placed for the race; with Vettel in second and Webber in fourth.
“An exciting qualifying session,” he said. “It was disappointing that it got red flagged just before the end, as both our guys were on really strong laps and we felt we could lock out the front row today. But, both drivers drove very well throughout all the sessions and second and fourth are good starting places for tomorrow's race, which will be long and tough. The spectacle of seeing the cars driving under the lights again here is fantastic.”
While Vettel admitted that he pleased to be on the front row of the grid, team-mate Webber was quick to praise the team for repairing his car after the accident he suffered in practice on Friday, admitting that he could have been in a much worse position than fourth.
“You never think your first run is going to be for the grid, so I think everyone always leaves a little bit of a margin,” he said. “I was on scrubbed tyres and was banking on a big lap in my second run. I'm not sure who was on new tyres, but we're fourth so let's see – it could have been a lot worse. My guys have been absolute superstars this weekend, putting the car back together after yesterday, in very tough working conditions for them here. I have a lot of motivation to reward them tomorrow.”