F1 2010 world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he now has his confidence back after overnight changes to his Red Bull RB7 allowed him to claim yet another pole in Hungary.
Vettel, who was more than half a second off the pace yesterday in practice, bounced back this morning and topped the times in FP3. He then did it again in the crucial top-ten shootout, edging out Lewis Hamilton right at the finish to ensure Red Bull Racing maintained its clean sweep of F1 2011 poles.
It was the perfect reward for the Milton Keynes-based squad, which used one of its 'jokers' to break the overnight curfew and re-fettle the German's car.
“I think it was a very good session for us. The McLarens were very quick, so we've done the right thing and I felt much more comfortable this morning,” Vettel said.
“Q1 and Q2 was about getting through to the last session and I'm very pleased with the result. We changed a lot on the car overnight and the boys were working pretty hard and didn't get much sleep, but I think if we have a result like this it's the best way to say thanks, so I'm very happy.
“I've got the confidence back, today I felt much more comfortable in the car and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner meanwhile was delighted to see his man deliver yet again, although he warned that the race itself will still be 'tough'.
“A really close qualifying and a phenomenal effort by Sebastian to get the pole position on the last run, especially after a hard night by all the mechanics,” Horner continued.
“We used the first of our jokers with the curfew, of which we are permitted four in a season, to spend the extra time working on car set-up. He has repaid them in the best possible way with pole, which is a great start to the weekend but we're set for a tough race.”