Mark Webber admitted it was a special day as he secured pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.
For the second successive weekend, Webber stormed to top spot in qualifying after two fine laps in the closing stages of Q3 enabled the Australia to get ahead of the Renault of Robert Kubica.
It maintained Red Bull's 100 per cent pole record this season and Webber admitted he was thrilled to be at the head of the field.
“It's a sensational feeling to be on pole in Monaco,” he said. “It's a vicious venue in terms of punishment for mistakes. It felt like I found another gear in terms of confidence in the car today, I knew how important it was to nail a good lap because of the competition. The last thing I wanted was to be sitting on row three or four of the grid.
“When you're concentrating that hard and you're putting everything on the edge like that your heart rate goes so high! Then you have that horrible wait when everyone else is finishing their laps and you can't do any more. It's a special day. I know every team works hard, but our guys were here at 5am this morning to work on some things, so this pole is a credit to them. I hope we can convert it to a good finish tomorrow.”
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third on the grid after hitting traffic in Q3, although he admitted it was still a good result for the team.
“Even though there were only ten cars on track I got a little bit of traffic, which was quite a surprise,” he said. “It wasn't ideal to use the tyres properly, they came in nicely but when there was the peak I couldn't use it. I got space in the end, but obviously the lap time wasn't enough.
“All in all, it's a good result for the team, congratulations to them and also to Renault; it's great for them to have the top three cars on the grid. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, it's a long race and a lot of things can happen.”