German GP: Red Bull qualifying report

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION "That was extremely exciting, especially in Q3. I knew that both times I went out I only had one timed lap, so I had to get it right. It's difficult here, there are some places that can easily lead...

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION
"That was extremely exciting, especially in Q3. I knew that both times I went out I only had one timed lap, so I had to get it right. It's difficult here, there are some places that can easily lead you into a mistake on this track. If you push too much then you can lose the edge of the tyres and some time. My final lap wasn't 100% perfect and there were a couple of places where I went over the limit, which cost me some time. But, in the end, it was enough - although only just - to stay ahead and get the pole. I am extremely happy - thanks to the team. It is the first time I am on pole at home, but the main challenge will come tomorrow."

Car 6 MARK WEBBER, Position: 4th
"I made a mistake into Turn one on my final timed lap. I turned in a little bit late and cut the kerb, which took me out wide so I had to abandon the lap. It was a shame I couldn't take advantage of the improving track conditions at the end of the session; it wasn't the best day for me. I let the boys down a bit, but Seb did a good lap for pole. Fourth is still not too bad - let's see what we can do from there in tomorrow's race."

CHRISTIAN HORNER: "It was a fantastic lap from Sebastian to get pole at his home race, albeit by the tightest of margins. Mark was right up there throughout the two qualifying sessions and again the drivers were split by very little. Unfortunately he ran wide at Turn one at the start of his last timed lap, but first and fourth is still a strong team result and it promises to be a good race tomorrow."

(Renault) FABRICE LOM: "What a nice feeling to have a pole position at Sebastian's home race. It's so good for him, I imagine he's very happy. Also to get pole by the tiniest margin, two thousandths of a second, is a very good achievement. Mark is a bit further back behind the Ferraris, but first and fourth ahead of the McLarens is a strong qualifying result. We need to capitalise on this tomorrow in the race in order to close the gap in the Championship."

Practice 3
Sebastian Vettel: P1 Best Time: 1:15.103, Laps: 18, Chassis 2
Mark Webber: P3 Best Time: 1:15.708, Laps: 16, Chassis 3

F1 TWITS
If you want to know what's really happening in F1, social media sites are now the go-to places to find out what the so-called experts are saying. If only they were saying something intelligent...

UltimateF1fan who thinks everything's just amazing: Germany!! Six German drivers!! Amazing!! Cute that they all copy each other's haircut. It's totally amazing, apart from the rain, which is not amazing!!! Especially for the man I saw who was only wearing a Michael Schumacher flag and a red thong!!

Gridgirl-on-a-mission: Yes and with the added bonus that young Mr Senna is back. That is just wunderbar. Wilkommen in Germany I say.

CynicalF1hack Living in 1981 and Vaguely Frightened by Anything New: Shameful! Almost as shameful as the lack of the long straights through the forest. Ahh... I remember back 1994: only eight cars finished and Gerhard Berger won! A proper car-breaker, which reminds me of the story about Gerhard, the junior driver and the unexploded landmine. Good old Gerhard, hilarious!

Thirddriver-with-a-Grudge: It's a different challenge these days - far more technical through the stadium section.

Team Technician Who Knows Less Than He Thinks He Does But Has an Opinion on Everything: And then there's the rain, which has a deleterious effect on grip levels and leaves the track green. Always hard to go purple when it's green. The drivers' response will be to scrub tyres in to find more grip, which is why you'll see the technician washing them down at the back of the garage.

Thirddriver-with-a-Grudge: Errr, it's a tricky prospect now, what with tyre spread and the set-up compromises. A difficult balancing act.

CynicalF1hack Living in 1981 and Vaguely Frightened by Anything New: Balancing act? Reminds me of the one about the Gerhard, the helicopter, a grid girl and a live squid... ah, good times, good times.

-source: red bull

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , McLaren