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Vettel predicts: Pole 'key' for race day
10 July 2010
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel believes his pole will be 'key' tomorrow during the F1 2010 British Grand Prix as he looks to secure his second win in a row and his third of the season.
Vettel is currently third in the 2010 drivers' championship with 115 points, just 12 behind McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who leads the standings and who will start Sunday's race from the second row in P4.
Speaking after securing his fifth pole of the season and edging out team-mate, Mark Webber by 0.143 seconds, Vettel was obviously delighted and he hailed the revised Silverstone circuit.
"Silverstone is unbelievable. The corner combinations, I can only say it again and again, they're so much fun – especially in qualifying," Vettel said. "Our car obviously works very well in these sorts of corners, it's so great, the speeds we reach here – I think we're all a bit crazy, but it's so much fun.
"The new section is also good, especially Turns 11 and 12 where you come into the new section with a big bump. I really like this track and fortunately our car always works very well here.
"It was a tight session today. In Q2 I wasn't perfectly happy – I think I was pushing too hard and tried a bit too much, so for Q3, I went a bit more conservative. I still had to push and I had two strong laps; in the end we got the pole, which is the key for tomorrow afternoon's grand prix."
Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner meanwhile later confirmed that Vettel benefited from a new front wing, the only one available after one was damaged this morning in final practice.
"A brilliant performance by the team today – both drivers were excellent, there was really nothing to choose between the two of them," Horner noted. "After this morning's incident we only had one new spec front wing available for qualifying, which [chief technical officer] Adrian [Newey] was very keen to run; not necessarily because it was better, but because it offered a new direction to look at.
"Therefore it came to me to make a difficult decision as to which car it went on. A situation like that is not ideal and it doesn't happen very often. It went to Sebastian based on Championship position, his performance in P3 and the drivers' feedback on the different front wings from yesterday.
"In the end it was a great team performance to be first and second for tomorrow's race in front of so many members of our factory which is based 20 minutes away. The drivers were very, very closely matched through all three sectors of the qualifying and were quick at different parts of the circuit.
"I'm really very pleased for the team to be starting its local race at the front of the grid," he concluded.
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