Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's European Grand Prix at Valencia in Spain from pole and the German is feeling very bullish about his prospects.
Vettel, who is currently fifth in the drivers' championship, was fastest in final practice and he continued in the same vein in qualifying. Indeed he posted the second best time in Q1, before going fastest in Q2 and crucially quickest again in Q3, when he set a 1 minute 37.587 second lap, the best of the weekend.
He is now looking forward to the race and will be gunning for his second win of the F1 2010 season, on a track that wasn't meant to be a particularly good one for the Adrian Newey-designed RB6.
“Valencia isn't usually - or shouldn't be - our strongest circuit so it's good that we are able to put the car on pole and I think our pace is looking very good,” Vettel said.
“It was a tight qualifying session, and a tough one especially as we reintroduced the F-duct and I think some of the mechanics had maybe an hour or two's sleep last night, so it's good to say thank you by putting the cars on one and two. We're now in a very strong position to start tomorrow's race.”
Team-mate Mark Webber meanwhile will start second and while he was disappointed to miss out on pole, he was only fractionally slower, 0.075 seconds off the other car, his best effort a 1m 37.662s.
“It would be nice to be the other way around but you can't do it all the time! I'm pleased to be on the front row with Seb, and all credit to the team,” Webber noted.
“This isn't one of our strongest circuits and the track is like a Tesco car park. But we've had a good day and let's see how tomorrow goes. I'm very optimistic we can have a good race.”
Red Bull Racing boss, Christian Horner is also optimistic: “The one-two was completely unexpected at a track that might have exposed some of our weaknesses. The team has put a lot of hard work into the new F-duct, and that combined with other bits and pieces and perfect laps from both drivers has produced a great result to start tomorrow's race. We know the McLarens are quick in straight-line speed, but we are confident now of a good race tomorrow,” he summed-up.