Sebastian Vettel has conceded Red Bull Racing didn't expect to be so strong in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
Monza hasn't always been a happy hunting ground for Red Bull, however, this weekend, Vettel has looked good pretty much throughout, and having led the way in practice, the German was unstoppable in Q1, Q2 and Q3, topping all three sessions.
In the end his pole lap, a 1 minute 23.755 seconds, put him 0.213 seconds up on his team-mate, Mark Webber.
“We didn't expect to be so strong here, with both cars on the front row,” Vettel confirmed after qualifying for the twelfth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“It's due to hard work from everyone in the team working long hours; we've had years where we've had a good car, but not a car that's competitive in low down force trim, so in that regard we did our homework. This circuit has been a bit up and down for us, but this year it's surely been more up so far!”
“The car feels great, but let's see what we can do tomorrow now; we don't get any points from today,” warned the three-time F1 world champion.
Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner meanwhile was understandably delighted to see his two drivers' lock-out the front row, and the fact it was Vettel's 40th pole position and the 50th for the team, was just added icing on the cake.
“A fantastic team performance to get our 50th and Sebastian's 40th pole position here in Monza,” Horner stated. “We've had a strong car all weekend, but it's a track that hasn't historically been our strongest, so it's the best possible place to be starting tomorrow's race from to try and convert today's result in to a good points haul.
“The weather could be a factor tomorrow and there's still a long way to go, but a really satisfying day today,” he concluded.