Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber remains convinced he can still win the Monaco Grand Prix, even though he missed out on the crucial pole today in qualifying.
Webber will start the sixth round in the F1 2011 World Championship from third, his best lap, a 1 minute 14.091 seconds, half a second shy of his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, who again took P1.
“The races are more mixed up this year compared to the last few years, and tomorrow is no exception,” Webber explained. “It's possible to win from P3 but, that said, qualifying is crucial here and pole is certainly a nice benefit to have. Seb did a great lap and deserved pole and JB did too.”
With qualifying disrupted though late on after Sergio Perez's violent crash, Webber added that it is clear a few things need looking at.
“It was a messy session for all of us – you never anticipate not getting a second go, but that's the way it fell today and bigger priorities took over when one of our colleagues, Sergio, had a crash,” he continued.
“All our thoughts are with him; he's in great hands and he's talking and is conscious, which is good news; he'll bounce back I'm sure.
“We can learn from this in terms of safety here and it's probably an area that we need to look at improving for the future. Jenson [Button] was lucky and Karl Wendlinger back in the nineties – so there are a few places around here we need to keep an eye on.”
Cyril Dumont, Renault's principal engineer at Red Bull Racing, added: “First of all I would like to have a thought for Sergio. Nobody likes to see these sort of images and we wish him a very speedy recovery.
“Regarding our qualifying, I think Sebastian once again did a great job and it was another good result for Mark. Hopefully we can transform that tomorrow.
“But it's difficult to find the words today and I hope Sergio is going to be fine,” Dumont concluded.