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Belgian Grand Prix: Qualifying was 'quite entertaining' - Vettel

It had been edge of the seat stuff for racing fans watching qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, and even those in the thick of it thought that Saturday's wet-dry session had been something special.
Sebastian Vettel admitted that Q3 had been quite the roller coaster ride for Red Bull in qualifying on Saturday for the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix, and that it could all have gone very wrong and left him well down the grid for the start of tomorrow's race.

"In these conditions anything can happen," he agreed after finishing in second place in qualifying. "I'm happy today; the boys did a good job with the change from slicks to intermediates which got us an extra lap and it was a good day for the team."

But Vettel went on to reveal just what a mad scramble it had been for Red Bull, and indeed for all the teams up and down the F1 pit lane in Spa.

"It wasn't clear if the first lap we did in Q3 was the lap on intermediate tyres, so it was hard to know where we were today," he explained. "We went out on slicks to start, which was quite entertaining as it started to rain pretty heavily.

"We then went onto intermediates and it still wasn't clear what would happen. It looked like there was more rain coming, so we all rushed to get a lap, but then it stopped and the circuit came back very quickly.

"The last lap tuned out to be the fastest with the circuit drying," he confirmed. "It was difficult to know how fast you could go, I saw Lewis catching and thought I could have gone a bit quicker here and there, but in the end it was quite close across the line."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner described the session as "really tense and exciting" and was a happy and relieved man when his drivers had come out of it in strong positions for the start of Sunday's race.

"The boys did a tremendous job on the final turnaround in Q3 to get both cars back out on track so quickly, which enabled Mark and Sebastian to get three timed laps each," said Horner. "Their last laps were enough to put them second and third on the grid.

"Despite the opportunity to get everything wrong today, we managed to get most of it right," he added. "It's good to be starting second and third for tomorrow's race, which will no doubt see the weather play a part."

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23.08.2013- Free Practice 1, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.08.2013- Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.08.2013- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 2nd position and 3rd position Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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August 24, 2013 6:31 PM
Last Edited 1155 days ago

Abort Seb congratulated Lewis on his win, did not see (or ever have seen) Seb "crying". (Maybe a bit emotional after his 3rd WDC) But have seen Lewis with a very long face after getting a podium 3rd!


August 24, 2013 6:52 PM

Someone's mad that Vettel has destroyed Hamilton the past 4 years. All they can say is that he cries? Yeah, Hamilton never makes snide comments and pouts when things don't go his way. /end sarcasm. Don't even get me started on his personal life off the track.

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