The two Red Bull Racing drivers locked out the front row in Qualifying in Australia today, with Sebastian Vettel taking his second pole of the season.
The pace of the RB6 was evident this morning when Mark Webber topped the practice timesheets. This was then converted by Seb into being fastest in each session, with Mark improving as he went on to be runner-up in Q2, then Q3.
“This is a great result for the team," Seb said after the session. "It’s obviously Mark’s home race here – but he got pole in Germany, so it’s kind of a revenge! But, it’s a long race tomorrow. We made a good step with the car ahead of today’s qualifying and the final session was all about if it would rain or not, so we waited a bit at the start.
"My first lap in Q3 was the quickest and it was spot-on until the last three corners. I was on the edge through Turn 14, but then I lost a little bit in the last corner going on to the main straight. It was a very good lap up until that point though, and the result says it all. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Mark was upbeat, but might have liked just another place up the grid for tomorrow’s grand prix. “I would prefer to be on pole position of course, but second is still a good result and it’s great for the team to have a one-two – Seb did a good job. It was a good battle. I wasn’t mega-concerned about the weather today, as it’s the same for everyone and whatever happens, happens. I think tomorrow will be enjoyable – but I would prefer a dry race, as the track can get slippery with intermittent conditions.”
“It was a brilliant team performance today with great laps from both drivers," added team principal Christian Horner. "Sebastian also set a new track record for pole position. Our strategy was slightly different from the other teams with our tire choice in Q1 and Q2, but both drivers did excellent jobs and we’re in good shape for Sunday.”
Winners of three World Championship crowns share the second row, in the shape of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari and Jenson Button in the McLaren. Fifth place went to Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari, with Nico Rosberg sixth for Mercedes, just ahead of his illustrious teammate, Michael Schumacher.
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