Sebastian Vettel has described his qualifying performance as “a big surprise”, admitting that he wasn’t sure where the Red Bull RB6 car was in comparison to others and after enduring a difficult day on Friday, was happy with the way his Saturday went. Vettel was a little more cautious about his race-pace though, suggesting that qualifying wasn’t always a good indicator of how a car will perform over a grand prix distance.
To be honest yesterday was a tough day for us, we had not as much running as we hoped for. Another long night, especially mechanics with not much sleep and a lot of long faces, but they were keen this morning to keep pushing.
I knew we had a great car, but obviously first of all we had to get it together.
Qualifying went pretty smoothly. I am very, very happy to be on pole, the boys didn’t get much sleep in the last month, a lot of testing in a short amount of time and to come here, where everybody shows how strong they are, and come out on top is a nice feeling.
I think we all don’t know what is going to be happen tomorrow yet, it could be very exciting, it could be very boring. That is what I hope for! We want a calm race, all of us here would like to be where we start, it is a difficult situation to be in.
The first part of the race will be crucial but there is no secret that you need to take care of tyres. All of us don’t know what to expect tomorrow. Sebastian Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix in pole position, ahead of the Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber qualified in sixth.