Red Bull: Important we convert these positions into a strong result
18 November, 2012
Nov.18 (Red Bull) Team and drivers report on their United States Grand Prix Qualifying session, Round 19 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Car 1 Sebastian Vettel, Position: Pole, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:36.490):
“It’s good to start from pole and be on the clean side of the grid. It was important to feel the car from the first session onwards, in order to get more out of it as the weekend developed – we can be happy with the result and look forward to tomorrow. The car feels great. In terms of the Championship, we need to focus on ourselves and try to get the best result that we can. If you’re thinking about where the others are, then you don’t get the optimum from yourself, and that’s what we need to focus on. Our job is done today, but so far no one has scored any points”
Car 2 Mark Webber, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:37.298):
“We were all a bit concerned about the grip difference between the left and right hand side of the grid. We were able to make some practice starts after P3, which was important and made it a bit more even. The field wasn’t that settled today during qualifying, but it’s a tricky venue on tyres and that was the theme of the day. I’m happy to be third. The strategy for tomorrow looks reasonably straightforward, but it’s the first time we will have raced here, so we need to stay on our toes and be flexible if needed.”
Christian Horner: “A very strong qualifying for the team and it’s great to get the first pole at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas. Sebastian has been quickest in every session of the weekend so far and converted it into an excellent pole position, backed up by a solid third pace from Mark on what will hopefully be the cleaner side of the grid. So, a strong start to the weekend but it’s now important that we convert these positions into a strong result.”
Cyril Dumont (Renault): “So far it’s been a fantastic weekend. We have been quickest in all the sessions, including the qualifying sessions with Sebastian, so the pace is there. It’s also very good that Mark is third, I think for tomorrow it’s better to be first and third, than first and second, especially for the start. We will probably have some surprises at the first corner and on the first lap, hopefully it will be okay for us and we will be able to get into the top two positions.”
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