Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said team-mate Mark Webber did the 'better job' today in qualifying for the F1 2011 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
Vettel had a difficult build up to 'quali' and missed most of final practice due to an electrical failure on his engine. However despite that he still managed to set the pace in FP3 and he was again quickest in Q2.
However in the top-ten shootout he found himself edged down to second, as his best lap was two tenths slower than his team-mates.
It was still a good effort though - especially given the F1 2010 world champion didn't have the use of the KERS power boost in either Q2 or Q3.
“We can't speak of disappointment, at the end of the day we made a good step forward,” Vettel reflected.
“Barcelona is the place where everyone brings a lot of new parts and you're here to find out if they all work. I think we made a step, so did the others, but it looks as though we like this track and our cars feel comfortable here.
“Looking to qualifying, I didn't get into the rhythm immediately, so it was not the smoothest run, but I made it on the primes.
“In Q2 I felt much happier on the soft compound tyres, but unfortunately in the last qualifying I lost a little bit too much and I wasn't entirely happy with my lap. Mark did a good lap and a better job today.
“Let's see tomorrow [what happens now], it's a long race and we saved a set of tyres. I think we will be on top of KERS for the race, the guys are pushing hard and we have proved our car has become quicker, so big compliments to the aero guys in the factory and everyone here.
“We are working hard on KERS. I didn't have it in Q2 or Q3 today, but I'm sure we will have it for the race.”