Sebastian Vettel has praised his ‘phenomenal’ Red Bull RB9 after securing pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Vettel set the pole position time on his first run in Q3 and felt that he would be unable to better his lap.
He subsequently stayed in the garage for the final few minutes of the shootout and admitted that it was a peculiar feeling.
“It was a strange feeling at the end of Q3,” said Vettel.
“It’s already strange when you stand in the garage with only two minutes left in the session, but much worse when you see the others making their final attempt and there’s nothing you can do!”
“I was watching the sector times closely with Romain [Grosjean], Nico [Rosberg] and Mark [Webber] in particular. Mark started with a purple time in sector one, then Nico went purple in sector two and then Romain, but fortunately my last sector was fast enough to just stay ahead.”
“It’s a great feeling as it could have gone wrong, but I’m very happy with the result. The car has been phenomenal all weekend. Yesterday the gap to the front was a bit of a surprise, but today was a bit more what we expected with the Mercedes being so close.”
Team principal Christian Horner added that Vettel’s performance was impressive.
“A really impressive performance from Sebastian today,” he said.
“Having been quick in P1 on the prime tyre, fast in Q2 on the softer tyre and setting an incredible first lap that put him 0.6 seconds clear in Q3, we elected to take a strategic approach to tomorrow and not do the second run to save a new set of soft tyres. In the end it was very tight with Nico, but once you’ve made your decision you’re committed.”