Back To The Front: A One-Two On The Valencia Grid
Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: Pole
"Valencia isn't usually - or shouldn't be - our strongest circuit so it's good that we are able to put the car on pole and I think our pace is looking very good. It was a tight qualifying
session, and a tough one especially as we reintroduced the F-duct and I think some of the mechanics had maybe an hour or two's sleep last night, so it's good to say thank you by putting the cars on one and two. We're now in a very strong position to start tomorrow's race."
Car 6 MARK WEBBER, Position: 2nd
"It would be nice to be the other way around but you can't do it all the time! I'm pleased to be on the front row with Seb, and all credit to the team. This isn't one of our strongest circuits and the track is like a Tesco car park, but we've had a good day and let's see how tomorrow goes. I'm very optimistic we can have a good race."
CHRISTIAN HORNER: "The one-two was completely unexpected at a track that might have exposed some of our weaknesses. The team has put a lot of hard work into the new duct, and that combined with other bits and pieces and perfect laps from both drivers has produced a great result to start tomorrow's race. We know the McLarens are quick in straight-line speed, but we are confident of a good race."
(Renault) FABRICE LOM:. "We are back on the front row with is very good. We made a big step forward with the new parts and with the engines behaving well on this track we can expect a good result tomorrow."
If you want to know what's really happening in F1, social media sites are now the go-to places to find out what the so-called experts are saying. If only they were saying something intelligent...
UltimateF1fan who thinks everything's just amazing: OMG, it's amazing here!! It's soooo cool to actually come to a race!!! The sunshine and the food!! This is what it's all about!!! I love it!!!!!
CynicalF1hack Living in 1981 and Vaguely Frightened by Anything New: You're quite right -- this is real racing: proper track, real fans, the amazing old circuit, the forests. Don't know about sunshine though... torrential rain maybe, or snow, not sunshine.
Team Technician Who Know Less Than He Thinks He Does But Has an Opinion on Everything: Eh? What you on about? The old circuit's fine for bikes, but not for cars. The track here can bite back. Word is that taking the swing bridge at anything over 80km/h in second gear could result in over-stressing the umm... Gurney flap. Or was it the Phil Hill flap? Anyway, one of those will be severely stressed.
Gridgirl-on-a-mission: The only thing that's going to be over-stressed here is me if I don't get near a Spanish driver! There's loads of them... why can't I have one!
Thirddriver-with-a-Grudge: Yeah, good track this. Interesting for the driver, Semi-permanent facility, good mix of high-speed sections with technical low speed stuff. Harbourside location.
CynicalF1hack Living in 1981 and Vaguely Frightened by Anything New: And the great campsite atmosphere. The sausages. And don't forget the Eifelgeist and excellent white wines.
Team Technician Who Know Less Than He Thinks He Does But Has an Opinion on Everything: What are you on about man? There are no campsites in Valencia!! No sausages!!
CynicalF1hack Living in 1981 and Vaguely Frightened by Anything New: Valencia!? What the hell are you doing in Valencia? It's the European Grand Prix... at the Nurburgring. It's always at the Nurburgring isn't it? Now that you mention it, it is a bit quiet...