Sebastian Vettel said that he completely owes the pole position he secured today in Bahrain to his hardworking Red Bull team who have worked extremely hard on the car since their disappointing start to the season.
The double world champion produced the fastest lap of the day right at the end of today’s qualifying position, beating both Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Mark Webber to pole.
“It feels great and I completely owe this one to the team,” said Vettel. “It wasn't an easy start to the season for us and there was a lot of expectation, but I think more than anything it was about what we expected from ourselves and we didn't match it.
“We've been working extremely hard on the car, trimming here and there and finding the right way to go forward. The boys haven't had much sleep the last few races – it was a tough race last weekend in China and now here, so it's good to put the car on pole for them. The car felt better all weekend, it wasn't the smoothest qualifying session, I nearly went out in Q1, but it's good to get the pole.”
Webber qualified third, despite a good lap of his own towards the end of the session. “The car has been working better here,” said the Australian. “The first part of qualifying wasn't easy and we both had to go again in Q1. It was a pretty decent session for me and my best qualifying performance at this circuit.
“Seb did a good lap for pole and we're satisfied to both be at the front. The team has worked very hard and been very focused. We haven't been too strong on Saturdays until now, but we have on Sunday.
“We can have a good race from there tomorrow; tyre strategy will be very, very important – a lot of drivers, including us, have used a lot of tyres already in qualifying.”
Team principal Christian Horner said that the team were pleasantly surprised by today’s result, and is hoping that his drivers can make good use of these qualifying positions tomorrow.
“A great team performance today and pretty unexpected to get pole and third on the grid here,” said Horner. “It's testimony to all the hard work that's going on here trackside and back in the factory to deliver that kind of performance during what was a really exciting and tight qualifying session.
“Sebastian was nearly knocked out in Q1 and Q2 and then put it on pole in Q3, which shows how tight it was and Mark was there all the way through. Hopefully we can have a strong race tomorrow.”