The two Red Bull Racing drivers locked out the front row in Qualifying in Australia with Sebastian Vettel taking his second pole of the season.
The pace of the RB6 was evident from this morning when Mark topped the practice timesheets. This was then converted by Seb into being fastest in each session with Mark improving as things went on to be runner-up in Q2, then Q3.
After the session, Sebastian said: “This is a great result for the team. It’s obviously Mark’s home race here – but he got pole in Germany, so it’s kind of a revenge! But, it’s a long race tomorrow. We made a good step with the car ahead of today’s qualifying and the final session was all about if it would rain or not, so we waited a bit at the start. My first lap in Q3 was the quickest and it was spot on until the last three corners. I was on the edge through Turn 14, but then I lost a little bit in last corner going on to the main straight. It was a very good lap up until that point though and the result says it all. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
And Mark was upbeat, but might have liked just another place up the grid for tomorrow’s grand prix. He said: “I would prefer to be on pole position of course, but second is still a good result and it’s great for the team to have a one-two and Seb did a good job. It was a good battle – with about 800ths between us in the end. I wasn’t mega-concerned about the weather today, as it’s the same for everyone and whatever happens, happens! I think tomorrow will be enjoyable – but I would prefer a dry race, as the track can get slippery with intermittent conditions.”
Our team principal, Christian Horner said: “It was a brilliant team performance today with great laps from both drivers. Sebastian also set a new track record for pole position. Our strategy was slightly different to the other teams with our tyre choice in Q1 and Q2, but both drivers did excellent jobs and we’re in good shape for Sunday.”
Behind us, winners of three World Championship crowns share the second row, in the shape of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari and Jenson Button in the McLaren. Fifth place went to Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari, with Nico Rosberg sixth for Mercedes, just ahead of his illustrious team-mate, Michael Schumacher.