Sebastian Vettel is confident that he can make better use of pole position for his home grand prix than he did after claiming top spot in qualifying at Silverstone a fortnight ago.
Then, a poor getaway allowed Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to pull alongside into Copse and, when McLaren's Lewis Hamilton attempted to follow the Australian, he made contact with Vettel's right rear tyre, causing the puncture that effectively ended the German's chances of winning the race and establishing a bigger gap over Webber in the intra-team battle at RBR.
At Hockenheim, however, Vettel believes that difference between the 'clean' and 'dirty' sides of the start-finish straight is more pronounced, and will be aiming to capitalise on his pole position to steal an early march on the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, who lines up on the front row after clocking a time just 0.002secs shy of the German.
"Unlike Silverstone, here the clean side is really worth quite a bit," he confirmed, "Fernando and myself, in the last race, were quite surprised by the bad grip that we had on the clean side, so here it should be good for us.
"We have a very strong car - it is very close with the Ferraris but, usually, we have a decent pace in the race. However, it is a long race, and anything is possible. We start from the best position, so we could not have done any better today, but now we are looking forward [to the race], that is the main target. It is nice to be here in the middle [at the press conference] on Saturday but, in the end, there is no real reward except going to sleep with a good feeling. We need to confirm it tomorrow - that is the objective."
Vettel was keen to point out that coming out on top in qualifying was only half the battle, aware that Red Bull has a poor record of converting pole position into race wins this season.
"I don't think you can be much tighter than two-thousandths but, in the end, it doesn't matter," he stressed, "If you win pole position or the race by one thousandth of a second or ten seconds - or the world championship by one point or a hundred points - there will always be the guy who is first and the guy who is second.
"For sure, [with] all the bad stuff we had this season already, it was good to be a bit lucky and have this two-thousandths of a second on our side. I think we did a very good job. It was a tough session, it was close between us, but we find ourselves in a very good position and I think we deserved it. It's good to be here again, but there are no points on Saturday.
"All session, Fernando was really strong and, in general, the Ferraris are very competitive here. We knew it would be a difficult session, so we had to push very hard. It was extremely exciting, especially Q3, and I knew that, both times, I had only one lap to get it right."
Asked where he thought the RB6 would have an advantage over the Ferraris, Vettel admitted that it was too close to call.