F1 »

Vettel: Korean GP pole 'a special feeling'

Sebastian Vettel admitted that it was 'special' to secure pole position in Korea after losing vital preparation time on Friday with a puncture - but what would be even more special, he concedes, is race day victory...
Sebastian Vettel was left celebrating having narrowly secured an impressive ninth pole position from 17 races in F1 2010 ahead of Sunday's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, reflecting that it was a 'special feeling' for him after losing vital preparation time the previous day.

Despite challenges from title rivals Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes during both practice and Q1, from Q2 it started to become apparent that Red Bull Racing had a little in-hand for when they needed it, and whilst Fernando Alonso laid down a pole position marker during the all-important top ten shoot-out, both Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber subsequently blew that time out of the water to make it the eighth RBR front row lock-out of the campaign.

Even more significantly for Vettel, with world championship leader Webber beginning from the dirty side of the track on race day, the grand prix represents an ideal opportunity for him to at least halve the 14-point deficit currently separating him from the top of the title standings with two outings remaining after Korea. The battle is on.

“It's a special feeling to be on pole,” the young German confessed, having quipped after practice the previous day that he had experienced 'a crash-course in sliding around and drifting'. “It was a small margin for pole and very close, but it was enough and it was a good result as yesterday we didn't have smooth running. We had a puncture early on in FP2, so I hadn't done too many laps on the new track, which makes it harder to get into a rhythm.

“The track is good here; in the first sector there's not so much you can do – just hit your braking-points at the right time – but the second and third sectors are quite entertaining with nice flowing corners, and it's easy to make a mistake. Sector one doesn't look like our (Red Bull's) home ground – that's not in our hands – but we can fight back in the second and third sectors.”

Indeed, given that both Ferrari's F10 and McLaren's MP4-25 seem to have an edge over the Renault-powered RB6 through the first sector – with the 1.2km-long straight playing no small part in that – there are concerns inside the energy drinks-backed outfit that despite sitting one-two on the starting grid, it may well be neither Vettel nor Webber in the lead later on around the opening lap. The 23-year-old Heppenheim native insists all he can do is to get the most out of what he has underneath him.

“You have to take every race as it comes,” he stressed. “Japan was a good result, but now in Korea all the focus is on tomorrow's race. The car was quick today, no doubt, but you still need to get the job done and the most important thing is that you remain calm, which we all did as we knew what we had in us. We got the job done today, but let's see for tomorrow.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position and Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10 3rd position
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, The Safety car on the track
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.