Red Bull disappointed not to get front row start

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Brazil, Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagosbr

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel qualified in 3rd and 4th positions for tomorrow's Brazilian GP. Although this is still a strong result for the team, both drivers were somewhat disappointed not to do a little bit better, as was the case in recent races.

Mark Webber, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:13.385):
“We got the most out of that, but it was disappointing not to get onto the front row. I thought the lap would be enough, but we were a tenth off; it’s always tight here in qualifying. In the last race of the season it would have been good to get pole, but fair play to McLaren. We don’t know what the weather will do tomorrow, and if all of the race laps will be on intermediate or wet tyres – we need to plan that some might be on slicks too. You never know what will happen here with the weather.”

Sebastian Vettel, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:13.245):
“Q2 was good for us, but I made a mistake on the first lap of Q3 in Turn 4. I was happier with the second lap in Q3, but it wasn’t quick enough. I could have done a little bit more, so I’m keen to see the data when I get back and see where I could have improved. We’re in good shape and have been quick all weekend, so let’s see what we can do in the race – we will try to do our best.”

Christian Horner, Team principal:
“Both our cars on the second row of the grid is a strong result, particularly after the pre-qualifying rain. We navigated ourselves through Q1 and Q2, with Seb going quickest in Q2, and then the McLarens found a bit of extra pace in Q3. However, Mark drove an excellent lap, extracted the maximum out of the car and lines up third, with Sebastian alongside him in fourth. Our focus now turns to the race and if you believe the forecast it’s going to be very wet, but our objective now is to maximize the points out from these grid positions.”

Cyril Dumont, Renault engines support leader:
“It’s not too bad to be P3 and P4, and when you have rain in qualifying it’s never easy, so it was good not to make a mistake in Q1. Fortunately, we had a dry Q2 and Q3 session. Now we look forward to the race; hopefully it won’t be too wet although that seems to the case. Hopefully we can finish on another high tomorrow.”


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News on 24 November 2012