Sebastian Vettel said it felt “very strange” not to run at the end of qualifying in Turkey.
Vettel gambled on no-one being able to beat his best time at the end of qualifying and the gamble paid off as he scored his fourth pole position of the year.
Vettel said: “Both Mark and myself decided in the last bit of qualifying, in Q3, to skip the second run.
“It’s very strange, the feeling, because the others are on track and they you know they can beat you and you can just watch – there’s nothing you can do.
“Obviously it’s good to save a set of tyres for tomorrow but, yes, it is an odd feeling, so I’m very happy.”
He added his apologies for damaging his car in a crash during yesterday’s wet practice session:
“First of all, apologies to the team, the to mechanics, obviously I damaged the car pretty much yesterday so we couldn’t run at all.
“We missed the session in the afternoon but they fixed it for today.”
2011 Turkish Grand Prix
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- Red Bull: Vettel leads a one-sided one-two
- Ferrari: Alonso stops the rot with podium run
- McLaren: Hamilton salvages fourth after battling with Button
- Mercedes: A weekend to forget for Schumacher
- Renault: Heidfeld unhappy with Petrov after contact
- Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row
- Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement
- Williams: Barrichello falls to 15th with KERS fault
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