Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Vettel: Pole record is “historic and special”

2011 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2011

Sebastian Vettel described the moment he learned he’d broken Nigel Mansell’s record for most pole positions in a single season of F1.

Speaking in the press conference he said: “There has been quite some talk before qualifying, before this weekend, about this particular record. I think the best thing was just not to think about it at all.

“Yesterday we did have sort of a rough start to the weekend where I wasn’t 100% happy with the balance yet. But then I think we made the right choices overnight and again going into qualifying I was happier and, yeah, enjoying the moment, enjoying the laps I had.

“I was already happy with the first one in Q3 but we knew that there’s a bit more to come. And, yeah, pulled everything in the last lap and that was very emotional when I crossed the line because I knew that whatever happens, this is all I had and I gave it all.

“So I was very pleased with that but then had to wait for quite a long to see where the time was good enough or not. The names kept popping [up] and my engineer Rocky told me ‘Button P2, Mark P2’ and then ‘pole position’.”

“Really special. Different than the other poles I would say. Obviously it took the master in that discipline, Nigel Mansell, a couple of races less. But still very, very historic and very special to me.”

Vettel said the team expected rain during the session and are still wary of the forecast for tomorrow: “The weather’s going to be a big question mark, we knew that going into the weekend.

“To be honest it has improved. Today was supposed to be wet, it was dry. I think this place is a bit tricky anyway. Special races, special weather, we’ve seen it the last couple of years and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

More on Vettel and Mansell’s achievements: Vettel and Mansell?s 14 pole positions in a season compared

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