Newly-crowned World Champion Sebastian Vettel has expressed great satisfaction with Red Bull’s qualifying result, despite being beaten to pole position by team-mate Mark Webber. The duo will start the race ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who at one stage looked capable of thwarting the usual Red Bull dominance.
Despite insisting that there was “no guarantee” of victory this weekend in Abu Dhabi after his almost unstoppable run of form, Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel once again looked imperious at the sharp-end of the order once track action got underway on Friday. Although the German has already secured his fourth successive Drivers’ crown with three races left to run, he can still smash the record for the most amount of victories in a season should he continue with his dominance. However, the path to victory has been made slightly more difficult for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after the German only just narrowly missed out on securing his eighth pole of the season.
After well and truly ending any hope Mercedes had of beating him during the all-important top ten shootout, many were understandably of the opinion that the German would once again line up on pole. However, his Australian team-mate had failed to read the script and stormed to a highly impressive 01:39.957 to secure pole position. With Mark Webber’s career nearing it’s conclusion, he will unquestionably be striving to take what could be hist last victory of his career during the 55-lap race on Sunday. Despite being beaten to pole by his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel has still expressed great delight in yet another front-row lock-out and has also explained how he believes Mark Webber deserved the pole.
“First of all I think it was a great result for the team.” Enthused Sebastian Vettel, “At the start of qualifying I think Mercedes looked very strong with both Nico [Rosberg] and Lewis [Hamilton]; Mark and myself weren’t hanging about, but they were very quick. In Q3 we seemed to be able to find a little bit of extra time. Mark did a very good lap, so congratulations to him. I should have done a little bit better, but I don’t know if it would have been enough, Mark deserves to be on pole today; it was a good lap with no mistakes. On top of that, it’s a great result for the team and we should have a strong result tomorrow.”
Although Mark Webber will line-up on the grid ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the start of tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, victory is by no means a certainty for the Australian ace. Several weeks ago he managed to secure pole for the Japanese Grand Prix, only to finish a distant 2nd behind his team-mate after varying strategies within the team. With only three races remaining in his Formula 1 career, a victory under the floodlights at Abu Dhabi would be warmly received, however the opposition will unquestionably have other ideas.
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