Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said he tried everything to get pole during qualifying for the 2013 F1 German Grand Prix.
Vettel was quickest in practice on Friday and was again fastest in final practice this morning.
However in the top-ten shootout he was edged out by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, finishing 0.103 seconds slower, although it was still good enough to ensure he will start his home race on the front row of the grid.
“Congratulations to Lewis on pole – he did a great job. It was very tight today, I tried everything I had,” confirmed the three-time F1 world champion.
“The car felt fine; I was struggling a little bit this afternoon in the first sector, I was losing time there and then trying to catch up. Unfortunately it wasn't enough.”
Despite not taking pole though, Vettel is confident he can do well in the race on Sunday: “It looks like we are a bit closer to the Mercedes here than we were in Silverstone, so I think we made some progress and can have confidence for tomorrow,” he continued.
“We had a good run yesterday looking at the race, so I think we have done our homework. We have put the car on the first row; it wasn't quite enough for pole position, but we should have a good race from there tomorrow.”
Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner meanwhile is also optimistic going into the race, and with Mark Webber third on the grid in the sister RB9, its clear the Milton Keynes-based squad will be strong.
“It was very tight for the pole position and in the end Lewis managed to produce a lap one tenth quicker than we could manage, but nonetheless it was a solid team effort today and Sebastian did his best in front of his home crowd with Mark just behind in third,” Horner remarked.
“Tomorrow's race will be very interesting with some different strategies going on and our focus will be to try and capitalise on our grid positions.”