Japanese GP: Red Bull qualifying report

VETTEL ON POLE The tension is escalating for Red Bull Racing Car 15 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, POLE POSITION "I did my best not to get distracted today; it was a strange session with a lot of incidents. The most important thing is that all the ...

VETTEL ON POLE

The tension is escalating for Red Bull Racing

Car 15 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, POLE POSITION

"I did my best not to get distracted today; it was a strange session with a lot of incidents. The most important thing is that all the drivers are okay. In qualifying, it's usual that you're looking for the limit, as it's about just one fast lap time, but Turn 9, where the people went off, is quite difficult. If you go too wide on that kerb you're basically just a passenger, as you can't get rid of the speed. There's not much run off, so the wall is close and people hit it. For the other cars, sometimes you're lucky and the red flag is called just as you're about to warm up your tyres, but sometimes it's called when you've started your flying lap. The car worked fantastically today and we were quickest in Q1, Q2 and Q3. The most difficult was probably Q3, due to running with race fuel and only having one lap. It's not easy through the S-bends and the tyres don't really last for a second lap. I'm very happy, we're back to full strength since Singapore and have now put the car on pole. A good day today, now let's see tomorrow."

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: "A great performance by Sebastian and the team. We were fastest in all three sessions and have a healthy fuel load for the race; we'll wait with interest to see the fuel figures later today. So, a good start for Sebastian. It's unfortunate for Mark not to be able to take part in qualifying when the car's proved so competitive here. It's important tomorrow that we attack the race from both ends of the grid."

FABRICE LOM, Renault, Principal Engineer Track Support: "A fantastic result especially on this track, which requires a lot of power from the engine and a very good chassis and we have both! Pole position is the best we could do today, so let's wait for the weights and see if we can turn it into a win. It was such a shame for Mark. He was in very good shape, but unfortunately lost the car although we're rebuilding it now to give him the chance to fight back tomorrow. Qualifying proved this is a difficult track, as a lot of people lost their cars in the same place."

RE-CAP: PRACTICE 3 - WEBBER MISSED QUALIFYING

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: "Mark was on a really quick lap towards the end of P3; he'd just set his fastest first sector. It was a really unfortunate incident, which is quite costly. It means we have to make a chassis change this afternoon, so he won't be able to take part in qualifying. We'll have to re- scrutineer the new chassis in the morning (Sunday), which will necessitate him starting the race from the pit lane. So, not a good start to the weekend."

Car 14 MARK WEBBER (20th): "You think of the preparation that goes into a weekend like this, so to not have the opportunity to do the race from a decent grid position is very tough for all of us especially the guys in the garage. It wasn't a big crash by any means, but it did too much damage to the chassis, so we have to change it. We don't have spare cars these days, so that's the outcome and it's a shame. We made a few changes to the car for the final run and I lost control when it bottomed-out through Turn 8."

Practice 3
Vettel: P4, Best Time: 1:32.414, Laps: 18
Webber: P19, Best Time: 1:32.930, Laps: 15

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