(3rd, Q3 - 1m 21.054s)
“I was pretty happy with the last sector, as historically it’s been a bit weak for me. Now finally, after the last couple of years, I understand the last few corners a little better. I’m quite happy as yesterday and this morning I wasn’t too comfortable, particularly in the last sector, but we improved the car. We had a pretty smooth qualifying session, we took a slightly different approach to some others using option tyres only - whether that helps us tomorrow we‘ll have to wait and see, but it will be an interesting race and a lot will be about tyre degradation. It’s good to start a little bit higher up, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”Mark Webber
(8th, Q3 - 1m 21.570s)
“Qualifying went well today apart from Q3. I was disappointed with the lap in Q3 and lost a lot of time in the last sector; I’m normally quite strong there, but I was in trouble with the rears. It’s a sensitive game these days and you need to get everything lined up. So, in the end I’m disappointed with the last lap, but everything else I was happy with. It will be an interesting race tomorrow.”
(A bit longer explanation. Tyres went off in sector three - Webber
"The last sector had been strong for me yesterday, this morning and in Q2, but I lost the rear tyres in Q3. I had no rear tyres left, which we did not expect to happen, and I bled a lot of lap time from turn nine to the start finish." / "We saw it in winter testing too that it's very easy to be on or off and normally it's a part of the track I look forward to and gain time on other people, but it wasn't possible in Q3.")Christian Horner
, Red Bull team principal
“A very interesting qualifying. Sebastian put in a phenomenal lap at the end of Q3 to line up third on the grid, which was beyond what we expected after Q1 and Q2. With the two Mercedes ahead of us and Kimi and Fernando behind it makes a fascinating grid for tomorrow’s race. For Mark, having looked competitive in Q1 and Q2, unfortunately his lap in Q3 was just that little bit off and, on such a close grid, the differences are marginal. Hopefully both drivers can have very strong races from their grid positions tomorrow.”
Horner stated earlier that he believed RBR will have to do the same number of stops as Bahrain GP. The fact that they ran options in Q1 means that Vettel and Webber will be 3-stopping tomorrow.
66 laps tomorrow - I reckon the 1st stop will be 9th lap, 2nd stop 28th lap and 3rd stop 47th lap.
if anyone does only two pit-stops in the Spanish Grand Prix he will "eat a broom" (on Youtube
) Someone do it!
Edited by plumtree, 11 May 2013 - 16:59.