Red Bull: It’s going to be a fascinating race where tyres will be critical
2 November, 2013
Team and drivers report from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2013 F1 World Championship, at Yas Marina Circuit.
Mark Webber, Position: Pole Position, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:41.571):
“This weekend so far has gone pretty smoothly for us. It’s not the easiest venue, because of the changing temperatures. We run in the afternoon and then at night, so you have to be on top of the changing conditions as a driver and also from an engineering perspective. It wasn’t the most electric start to Q1 or Q2, but we made changes to the car as the session went on and I got more comfortable. I knew I had to work on certain sections of the track which Sebastian had already been doing a good job on, so I had to try and match him as well as continuing to keep the areas where I was doing a good job too, so overall I’m happy with pole position. We’re really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel, Position: 2nd, (3rd Practice – P1, 1:41.349):
“First of all I think it was a great result for the team. At the start of qualifying I think Mercedes looked very strong, with both Nico and Lewis. Mark and myself weren’t hanging about, but they were very quick. In Q3 we seemed to be able to find a little bit of extra time. Mark did a very good lap, so congratulations to him. I should have done a little bit better, but I don’t know if it would have been enough, Mark deserves to be on pole today; it was a good lap with no mistakes. On top of that, it’s a great result for the team and we should have a strong result tomorrow.”
Christian Horner: “A really exciting qualifying session that came down to the last run for both cars. Mark produced a fantastic lap to get the pole position, 0.1 seconds ahead of Sebastian for a Red Bull front row, which is the best possible starting position for tomorrow’s grand prix. It’s going to be a fascinating race tomorrow and as usual tyre behavior is going to be a critical factor.”
Thierry Salvi (Renault): “Again a strong performance from the team today with both drivers locking out the front row. It’s also a great starting position for the eighth – and final – engines of the year, which will hopefully close the V8 era with lots of points in the last three races. We are looking forward to the race tomorrow as even if the Championship is won, we know our drivers will get the maximum from the car. We have been amongst the quickest this weekend, so it would be good to seal it with a strong result tomorrow!”
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