Vettel flies to European Grand Prix Pole.
“It will be a difficult race and difficult to predict, We have seen too much this year to sit here on Saturday afternoon and predict what is going to happen. It is easier to predict football than the ranking for the race!
It will be hotter tomorrow and there will be a lot of cars to look out for. Ferrari is very competitive, Williams is quick, Lotus proved [its speed] in Bahrain.
This year, grid position is obviously important, but perhaps not as important.
Q1 and Q2 were not to our liking and we were struggling to find the balance that we had early on this weekend during practice. But we made a good recovery.
“I had to use a second set of options in Q2 as it was very tight and my [first] time was not good enough, but with the second set it was good to go again.
I knew that in qualifying, if I go at the end and the track comes in a bit more, then it should be good enough for pole. But in the end it was a surprising gap.
The guys have worked really hard this weekend in the garage to make sure that we brought a couple of new parts to the car. They seem to work and I am looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.086s 2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.410s + 0.324 3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.475s + 0.389 4. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m38.505s + 0.419 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m38.513s + 0.427 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.623s + 0.537 7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.741s + 0.655 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m38.752s + 0.666 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.801s + 0.715 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m38.992s + 0.906 Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.703s Gap ** 11. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.707s + 0.218 12. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.770s + 0.281 13. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.780s + 0.291 14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m39.207s + 0.718 15. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.358s + 0.869 16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m40.295s + 1.806 17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.358s + 1.869 Q1 cut-off time: 1m40.087s Gap * 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.203s + 1.378 19. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.395s + 1.570 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m40.457s + 1.632 21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.171s + 3.346 22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m42.527s + 3.702 23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.675s + 3.850