Sebastian Vettel said he drove the second sector of his qualifying lap too conservatively but responded in the third sector to claim his ninth pole position of 2010:
Again, it was very close. I had two runs again in Q3, the first one I was already happy with the car but couldn’t really put the lap time in, I lost in the first sector.
But in the second one I had a much better beginning to the lap. The first sector is pretty straight so there’s not much you can do, just hit your braking points. Then the second and third sector here, especially, is quite entertaining with nice, flowing corners.
But it’s easy to do a mistake so I think in the last run I gave a little bit too much margin and lost in the middle sector. Obviously we have the ability in the car to check how fast we are actually going so I saw that maybe it was not enough and I speeded up in the last sector again and fortunately, with very little margin, it was enough for pole, which I think is a very good achievement from all of us.
Especially because yesterday was not so smooth running at all. We tried something and it didn’t work. Plus we had the puncture in the free practice so on a new track, which basically no-one knew before here, I had very little laps.
Also this morning we tried to save the car a little bit and only did a few runs. But I was able to get into the rhythm more and more and I was able to go with the track improvement and improve the laptimes as well.
He admitted the Red Bull isn’t able to match the pace of the McLarens and Ferraris in the first sector but is more than making up for it in the second and third sectors:
I think the difference with so little running yesterday and this morning was just to get into the rhythm. Some corners here are quite tricky to understand how they work, especially turns nine, ten and eleven, the long left-hander which is nicely cambered but then leads into an off-camber right-hander turn 12.
So there’s a lot of things you have to understand. Take a little bit too much kerb and you go into the dust and then, obviously, it affects the next corner. So it wasn’t easy but I think as usual when it comes to corners we know our car is very good.
On the straight line we’re doing our best. Our F-duct is improving so that helps. But there’s not much we can do so we have to fight back even harder in the corners.
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