Saturday 23 March 2013
MALAYSIAN GP – QUALIFYING
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: POLE POSITION! (3rd Practice – P1, 1:36.435)
“It was very difficult as the circuit was half dry and half wet today – so it was difficult to find the right compromise between pushing hard and also saving the tyres. It was the right strategy to come in and change the tyres and the pace was there. It was a good session in Q3 and it was clear what we had to do, so I’m pleased with the result. It’s a long race tomorrow and whoever wins will have done the best job. We managed to save some tyres today which will help if the race is dry, but we will see.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 5th, (3rd Practice – P4, 1:36.613)
“It’s disappointing to finish fifth. We didn’t get the timing quite right in the last part of Q3, I thought I had more laps. We were quick enough, but we went too slow on the lap when we should have been going quick and it meant we didn’t get a last timed lap in. The time doesn’t represent how comfortable I felt in the car today and it’s frustrating when you put so much work in and know you could have done better. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow – it should be interesting with the weather.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A challenging qualifying, but in the end we were able to navigate both cars into Q3 when the rain came – it was then a question of getting the timings right. Sebastian elected to do two runs – it was always clear there was only time for one and one (timed laps) or five laps if you ran the whole session. Mark having not got his first lap in elected to stay out and, as the circuit continued to dry, the lap times continued to fall. Sebastian put together a fantastic lap in tricky conditions to get the pole. With Mark, it was a great shame as we thought he would be the last car to cross the line and get the last timed lap, but a miscommunication about the number of remaining laps meant that he was first car to get the chequered flag, missing a fifth lap by one second. It was a shame, but first and fifth for tomorrow’s race is a good starting position. That said, I don’t think pole will be the deciding factor of tomorrow’s race; if it’s wet it helps with visibility, but in the event of a dry race then tyre degradation and tyre strategy will be key.”
(Renault) THIERRY SALVI: “It’s always a joy to come here as the weather conditions are quite extreme, so it’s interesting in terms of engine settings and engine set up. You can imagine that the engine can suffer quite a lot under these conditions and, in addition, you also have to work on drivability under dry and wet conditions. That means you have to be ready for the kind of qualifying we had today, when it starts dry and ends wet. The challenge here is to be able to cope with that weather and for the engine itself to be able to cope with these extreme conditions.”
We had rain in FP2 and qualifying today, and there’s a chance of rain during tomorrow’s race. So, we asked @redbullracing followers to nominate their top wet races of all time. Here’s our pick of the best responses:
1. Italian Grand Prix 2008: Seb takes his maiden grand prix win with a driving masterclass for Toro Rosso in torrential rain at Monza. As chosen by @FlyersF1.
2. Canadian Grand Prix 2011: An epic four-hour battle in almost impossible conditions is won by Jenson Button. Sebastian leads until the final lap. Nominated by @Adam_Parsley34.
3. Belgian Grand Prix 1998: A massive pile-up just after the start eliminates half the field and Jordan claims its maiden win and first one-two with Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher. The pick of @SVFC_Indonesia, the Indonesian chapter of Seb’s fan club.
4. Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: Sebastian wins his third title after a spin at the start in a race of intermittent showers. As chosen by @DDBROCKLESNAR.
And our favourite, which comes from @stever07, who says: “1993 Donington Park [the European Grand Prix] when Senna went from fifth to first in less than a lap”. We can’t argue with that, just legendary.