Vettel on Spa pole

Sebastian Vettel (1st)“It was difficult in Q1 and Q2, although at the end of Q3 the circuit was drying very quickly. I didn’t feel comfortable at the beginning of qualifying, but for Q2 I think we made a big step forward and I rediscovered Spa in a way! In the last session, I used the first two laps of Q3 to get temperature into the tyres and then for the last two I tried to push as hard as I could. I think tomorrow it will be one of those races where anything can happen. I think the best way to get a forecast here is to look up into the sky and see what’s happening. It’s likely to be dry tomorrow and the balance felt good at the end of Q3 when it was dry. It’s a long race tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Mark Webber (3rd)“It was a close session today; I think I went a bit too hard on the slicks initially in Q3. I felt comfortable, and you never know if the lap you’re on is the one before the weather changes. There were sprinklings of rain here and there and as soon as we finished Q3 it began to rain again, so I probably could have built up a bit slower and had a better run into the third and fourth lap. But, that’s how it goes and we have had a smooth weekend. It’s very easy in these conditions to end up out of position and we’re in position, it would have been nicer to have been a slightly higher up, but the guys in front did a good job and we’re in the hunt tomorrow.”

Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal“A great team result to get pole and third, after a really exciting and difficult qualifying in very changeable Belgian conditions. It was almost like playing roulette with the weather at different stages and it was crucial to be on the track at the right time on the right tyre. We made the right calls as a team today and the drivers built through each session, getting onto slicks in the last session when ultimately it came down to the last lap. It was a phenomenal lap from Sebastian for pole and Mark was right there as well, having been very quick throughout the weekend so far. It’s great to be starting in first and third for tomorrow’s race, hopefully the conditions will be a bit better than they were today.”

Q3 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault     2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             6.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   7.  Bruno Senna           Renault              8.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              9.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       10  Vitaly Petrov         Renault             

Q2 11.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   12.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       13.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     14.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    15.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault       

Q1                                    18.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault        20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      21.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth         23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         24.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes

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