Vettel Expecting Mercedes Challenge For Pole

Sebastian Vettel is expecting the Mercedes drivers to push him hard for pole position tomorrow despite his apparent dominance on Friday in Singapore. The world champion was a second ahead of the Silver Arrows today on low fuel and looked just as strong over longer runs but doesn’t think he will have it all his own way tomorrow.

“It was quite busy; it’s pretty hot out there, good fun and a nice place, but for all of us it’s quite hard work. The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I don’t think it’s completely representative. We seem to be quick, but I think Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow. I think Turn 10 is the best solution we have with the space that’s available.”

Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second quickest, six tenths down on Vettel but still thinks the team have some improving to do.

“We got most of the work done today that we planned to. It’s an easy venue to not get what you want, but in the end I think we’ve got a reasonable set-up. We’ve got work to do on the long run and also on the short run, you can’t neglect that. We won’t count our chickens yet, but it was a smooth day. Turn 10 is better now I think.”