Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel delivered today in qualifying for the F1 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vettel again ended the 10-minunte shoot-out session on top, thanks to a 1 minute 39.394 second lap, which just edged out the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton. It was the quickest time of the weekend so far and gave the German his tenth pole position of the season.
Speaking after the session, Vettel was clearly delighted, although with 15 points between him and Fernando Alonso, the current championship leader, a win by itself may not be enough on Sunday to give him the title.
“I'm happy – it was a great lap and I'm proud of it. It was a very tight qualifying session and it's even more thrilling when you know there's tension going into it and you know 'this is it',” Vettel said.
“We only did one run in Q3, so only one chance. We probably did more laps than the others, but we only used one set of tyres. Looking back I was surprised by how much the circuit ramped up at the end and maybe it would have been better to do two runs, but what we did was enough for pole.
“The car was fantastic today, much better than yesterday evening, so I think we made a step forward. I think we achieved the maximum we could today. Hopefully we will have a good start tomorrow and a good first lap and then it's a long race from there – so let's see what we can do.”
Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner meanwhile had mixed feelings, as while Vettel did well and got pole, Mark Webber was only fifth in the sister Adrian Newey-designed RB6.
“That was a very exciting last session,” he added. “Sebastian completed an excellent lap on his second timed to get pole. It was always going to a tricky choice with how many laps to do in the last session and both drivers decided that they wanted to do more than two.
“It was ultimately the choice of Sebastian and Mark to do three and four laps respectively.
"Mark ended up P5 unfortunately today and so is going to need a good start and a good race tomorrow. Today has set up a scintillating grid for the final race of the year,” Horner summed-up.