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Sebastian Vettel: “This weekend has been very good so far”

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Sebastian Vettel took pole position number 48 of his career on Saturday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sebastian Vettel was ecstatic after clinching his forty-eighth career pole position with a dominant display during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver will lead the field to the grid on Sunday, where he will be joined on the front row by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, and with the German feeling that the whole qualifying session was a good one, both for himself and for his team as he took his second pole position of the season.

Ferrari brought some new parts to the Hungaroring this weekend and after testing them throughout Friday’s running, came out fighting on Saturday, with Vettel posting the best time in free practice 3 before completing his awesome display in qualifying.

“Today has been a great day,” said Vettel. “The car and the whole session were fantastic! I am really happy.

“We brought some new parts here and we tested them yesterday. Then obviously, we talked about it a lot and I think we got the car in better shape this morning. We are working very hard to get everything right. The guys have worked so hard and they love what they do.

“So, it is good to get back into the car and do our job. We love racing and this weekend has been very good so far. We know we have a strong car, no matter where we go, and that’s the great thing about this year.”

Vettel goes into Sunday’s race with a one-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the championship, and he will be looking to extend that advantage as he seeks his first race victory since the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

“Now we have to move forward and focus,” said Vettel. “Qualifying is done, so we now concentrate on the race. There’s a lot of hard work to do and we need to take it one step at a time.

“Now, we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Thank you all!”

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