Red Bull happy with front row lock out

By on Saturday, October 13, 2012

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For the second time in the space of a week, Red Bull Racing locked out the front row in qualifying.

But unlike in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix it was Mark Webber who edged out double world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"It was a tight session for all of us", said the polesitter. "I think as the session unfolded, people were having different balance issues on different tyre compounds. I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it’s good to get pole. It’s a great place to start the race from. I’m looking to get off the first corner very well, that’s important as there are two long straights after that".

Vettel had been set for pole position and appeared to angrily express his feelings to his race engineer after his final run, although he later played down his frustration.

"Overall we can be very happy with the result. We were quite quick in the first and second qualifying sessions and had a good start to Q3", he said.

"On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as Massa was there, it wasn’t his fault, but I had to back off. Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn’t good enough. I lost time in the middle sector, which seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped I wasn’t able to go with it, so I lost a bit, but second is a good position so start from", he said.

Vettel also started from second place twelve months ago and romped away to victory.


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