Red Bull: We would like to have been higher up the grid

1 September, 2012

Sep.1 (Red Bull) Team and drivers report on qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, round 12 of the 2012 F1 world championship, at Spa-Francorchamps.

Car 2 Mark Webber, Position: 7th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:49.164)
“I’m disappointed. We would like to have been higher up the grid to take the sting out of the penalty (5 places), but we’ll have to see what we can do tomorrow. We weren’t quick enough and couldn’t challenge for the front row today; I was pretty happy with my lap but I think P5 would have been our maximum today. We have a long race tomorrow and there should be some good opportunities to come through the field. Clearly we’re out of position a little and we have work to do, but the Team is a quality operation and we know what hard work is all about. We just need to keep pushing.”

Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Position: 11th, (3rd Practice – P9, 1:49.292)
“I felt pretty good this morning, the laps didn’t come together but the car felt good. There was nothing obvious that was wrong this afternoon, I was pretty happy with my lap, it was clean, but it just wasn’t quick enough. It’s a shame to miss Q3 by such a small margin, but that’s racing. We’ve seen in the last races that our car is pretty good in the race so we will see what we can do.”

Christian Horner:
“A different looking grid for tomorrow. Unfortunately with Mark we have to take a 5-place grid penalty, which we knew of in Hungary, but it was right to finish the race there. We felt it would be better to strategically take the penalty here than sacrifice points in Budapest. With Sebastian he appeared to struggle quite a lot in the second sector and unfortunately just missed the cut. Congratulations to Jenson on his pole. We will be racing hard to make up positions tomorrow.”

(Renault) Cyril Dumont:
“A difficult session today – we will be P10 and P12 tomorrow with the penalty. It was hard to prepare with the weather, but it was the same for all teams. The cold weather today showed that it’s still hard to judge the tyres correctly and we have an unusual grid. Seb just missed Q3 by 100th of a second; it’s a shame he didn’t go through. I don’t think we could have challenged for pole today, but we can still get some good points tomorrow”


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