The entire Red Bull team was extremely happy to see both its drivers lock out the front row on the grid for the European GP. Sebastian as well as Mark eventually put in a great lap to keep Lewis Hamilton and the rest behind them.
Sebastian Vettel, 1st (3rd Practice – P1, 1:37.258):
“There was a lot of talk going into this GP about the regulation changes and there will be a lot of talk before the next one. I think everyone will lose out on something, but people expect us to lose more than other teams and that is where I disagree. Overall it was a very good day for us – it’s good to have the front row for our team, but it will be a long race tomorrow. It’s always tough here. It’s a tricky circuit, as there are so many corners – I think there are 25 before we cross the line again, so to get all of them right is very difficult and to get the perfect lap is quite tough."
"I think my first lap was quite good, I was very happy and Mark was obviously with his second run. So, it’s a good result and a good place to start from tomorrow, we’ll see what we can do.”
Mark Webber, 2nd (3rd Practice – P4, 1:38.068):
“That was a pretty good lap. There are so many corners here that you’d like to put them all together perfectly from all of your runs, but that’s not the case and you have to try and put them together when it counts. I didn’t have the smoothest build up in qualifying, so the guys did a good job to recover with me."
"I knew there was more to come on the last lap, I just had to put it all together. Still, it wasn’t easy, but it was a good lap and it was good to go a bit faster in the last sector. Seb was strong in the first two, but in the end it is a great day for the team off the back of all the talk. Of course, there are no points today, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s race and we’ll go from there.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal:
“A tremendous team performance and to have both drivers up on the front row is a great team result. It’s thanks to excellent execution in all three qualifying sessions and to the hard work that’s going on – not only trackside, but also back in the factory – to ensure that we can continue to produce cars that are capable of challenging for the pole, week in and week out. There are no points for today however and with the double DRS zone that we know will be very powerful here, it will make for a fascinating race tomorrow.”
Cyril Dumont, Renault engineer:
“So again, another very good qualifying for Red Bull Renault. It was our third one-two of the season and eighth pole position. It was a good recovery from Mark today after the Q1 session, which was not so easy for him. Regarding the new regulation, it’s a good result – I think the pace is there, even with the race set up! I hope we have a good race tomorrow.”