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Horner declares Red Bull dominance of qualifying ‘fantastic’

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Christian Horner hailed Red Bull's complete dominance of Spanish GP qualifying today as “a fantastic team result” as Mark Webber snatched pole position in the dying moments from his teammate Sebastian Vettel while the rest of the field were over a second-a-lap off their pace.

The team have now claimed six consecutive pole positions, stretching back to Abu Dhabi last season.
Webber enjoyed the battle with his teammate, and isn't taking the huge performance advantage of Red Bull for granted.

“It's always tight between Seb and I, it's a good battle. Seb's had a solid run recently, but today was my turn. The car is performing really well, but we're taking nothing for granted. We know McLaren and Ferrari are strong opponents and will continue to be until the end of the season.

“It's still early days in the Championship, but a lot can happen over the next two back to back races. I'm pleased that we've laid the foundations to make good all the hard work that has gone on at the factory over the last three weeks.

“This pole is for the team – there was a massive effort from the guys before the race and then at the track this weekend. They have worked so hard, you really can't believe how much work can go into two cars! It's a great effort and I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

Sebastian Vettel was gracious after just being beaten by his teammate, and is wary of the possibility of rain in tomorrow's race. “Congratulations to Mark, he was unbeatable today. It was close; I had good laps throughout qualifying, especially at the end, but it was not enough. A tenth is not that much, but unfortunately it was too much for me today. Still, it was a good qualifying session from us and I think starting on the first row is a good result.

“We know there are no points from today, that all comes tomorrow. At the moment it looks comfortable, but we know how quickly things can change, so we have to stay focused. There might be some rain.

“The team has made such a huge effort to bring the updates here – the factory has been flat out over the last few weeks, so congratulations to them.”

Christian Horner was obviously not particularly bothered which of his drivers was on pole, and instead could just revel in Red Bull's dominance. “A fantastic team result,” said the team principal. “It was a brilliant lap by Mark, the drivers have been closely matched all weekend and there's literally just been hundredths of a second between them. It was a dominant Red Bull display, which is testimony to a superb team effort.

“The amount of work that's gone into the components that have been bought out here has been immense, with members of the team giving up their bank holiday weekend and time at home. Our performance today is very much due to that.”

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