Christian Horner was delighted with the performance of his team in Saturday's qualifying session for the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit
in Greater Noida.
"A tremendous team performance," said the Red Bull
team principal, after Sebastian Vettel
and Mark Webber
took first and second positions on the grid. "Three front rows in the last three races is a personal best for us."
hadn't been as far away from the pace of the Red Bulls as many had feared, the reality was that the final part of qualifying boiled down to a duel between the two Red Bull
team mates - with both men having a stumble.
"It was very tight between the two drivers in Q3," agreed Horner. "Sebastian made a small mistake on his first run, while Mark delivered a very good first lap.
"Then Sebastian delivered on his second run, while Mark - after being slightly compromised on his out lap - dropped a little bit of time in turn 2 and the lap was gone."
Vettel explained that his early error in Q3 was down to his being over ambitious: "My first attempt in Q3 wasn't great. I was a bit too greedy with braking into turn 4, but after that we had a good second run and it was enough pole."
Webber had it the other way round, and got caught up behind slower traffic on his outlap before his final run at pole, and ended up paying the price for the hold-up.
"I couldn't get the tyre prep right for the second run, but that's how it was," he said, explaining that he locked up into turn 3 as a result of tyres that hadn't got up to their optimum temperature. "It was very, very close with Seb and I, both of us only really had one run in Q3."
Given that last year's Indian GP suggested that the circuit wasn't particularly conducive to overtaking in the race, starting from the front row means that Red Bull
have a definite advantage on Sunday. While no one was taking anything for granted, the sense of optimism in the team was evident.