However he fares on Sunday, Vettel certainly can't rely on any assistance from his team mate - after Mark Webber
was sent to the back of the grid for running out of fuel midway through Q2.
"It's very disappointing," said Webber. "Q1 went okay; I was comfortable with the car and we had a good plan for the rest of the session. In Q2 we lost fuel pressure so I had to turn the car off and couldn't get it back to the pits - I had to stop on the circuit, so qualifying was over before it started really."
After provisionally looking set to start from 14th place on the grid, the fact that his RB9 couldn't cough up the mandatory one litre sample for FIA officials to test after the session concluded meant that he was in breach of the rules and sent to the back of the grid for the start of Sunday's race - just as happened with Vettel at Abu Dhabi last year.
"It's a shame as he would obviously have made Q3 today," said Horner. "Unfortunately in Q2 the amount of fuel that was required to be put into the car from the fuel rig was not fully delivered," he added.
"This was due to an error with the fuel bowser that meant it under delivered 3kg of fuel, therefore on Mark's in-lap we saw large drop outs in the fuel tank collector and the car unfortunately ran dry of fuel," he continued, calling the situation "obviously frustrating" for both the team and the driver. "The fuel bowser has been immediately quarantined for further investigation," he said.
"We need a bit of luck now," Webber admitted. "It's not the optimum starting position, but we still have to try to get something from there."