Saturday 28 May 2011 - QUALIFYING
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL,
Position: POLE POSITION (3rd Practice – P4, 1:15.245)
It’s a long way around this track. Qualifying is tough, there are three segments and you have to give 100% in each one. My laps in Q1 and Q2 were
not perfect, but in Q3 it was spot on, so I was happy with that.
The most important thing to hear is that Sergio is okay and is conscious. We were sitting and waiting to go out, but we were watching the images on the TV screen as well and so we’re all thinking of him and wish him all the best. Hopefully he will be fit again very soon. It wasn’t easy to sit and wait for such a long time in the garage and not many people improved their time afterwards. It’s a long race here tomorrow and lots of things can happen. We’ve seen this year with multiple pit stops that things can change. Pole position is very important here, so we can be happy with that, but there’s no guarantee for tomorrow’s race. We need to push hard and see what we can do.”
Car 2 MARK WEBBER,
Position: 3rd (3rd Practice – P7 1:15.529)
“The races are more mixed up this year compared to the last few years, and tomorrow is no exception. It’s possible to win from P3 but, that said, qualifying is crucial here and pole is certainly a nice benefit to have. Seb did a great lap and deserved pole and JB did too. It was a messy session for all of us – you never anticipate not getting a second go, but that’s the way it fell today and bigger priorities took over when one of our colleagues, Sergio, had a crash.
All our thoughts are with him; he’s in great hands and he’s talking and is conscious, which is good news; he’ll bounce back I’m sure. We can learn from this in terms of safety here and it’s probably an area that we need to look at improving for the future. Jenson was lucky and Karl Wendlinger back in the nineties – so there are a few places around here we need to keep an eye on.”
“On a day like today when you see an accident like Sergio Perez had, the main concern is his well being. It sounds like the initial signs are positive, which is testimony to the strength of the cars and safety standards that the circuit now has.
A similar accident for Karl Wendlinger in the nineties resulted in serious injuries, so the main thing today is that the initial signs are positive. Sergio’s a strong boy and hopefully he’ll be back to full health very quickly. Sebastian’s performance in Q3 was quite phenomenal. The lap he produced was a classic balance of the speed and accuracy that’s required around here – he delivered a very impressive lap time, so it’s good for him. It’s great to have Mark up there as well and he made a very strong recovery after a difficult start to the weekend. Having both drivers starting on the clean side of the grid ahead of tomorrow’s race is very encouraging.”
CYRIL DUMONT: (Renault)
“First of all I would like to have a thought for Sergio. Nobody likes to see these sort of images and we wish him a very speedy recovery. Regarding our qualifying, I think Sebastian once again did a great job and it was another good result for Mark. Hopefully we can transform that tomorrow, but it’s difficult to find the words today and I hope Sergio is going to be fine.”
The Monaco GP is where drivers are treated like rock stars. DC remembers the first time he was treated as such…
THE FIRST TIME I… WAS TREATED DIFFERENTLY AS A GP DRIVER (DAVID COULTHARD)
“I would say it was the very first day I became a grand prix driver. Honestly, it was that quick. I was a test driver at Williams for a few years and was just another member of the team. I’d go to the factory and make tea with everyone and chit-chat and do all the things that normal people do. People would have no problem telling me what to do: ‘David, at eight o’clock you have to be here’, ‘Don’t do that, do this’ – that kind of thing. Then I became a grand prix driver and it changed immediately. The same people were suddenly saying ‘Oh, would you mind doing this’ or ‘Do you think you’d possibly have time for that’. It was a bit disconcerting. The thing that changes most is the people around you, not yourself, it’s just a thing that happens and I suppose it does affect you.
That becomes your reality, especially if you’re very young. If you’ve not had to sleep on too many sofas or wait on too many tables, if you go straight from karting to some form of professional racing and then Formula One, then that way of being treated is your reality. It’s the nature of the industry. Being a Formula One driver is to be a member of a very exclusive club and it happens overnight, literally. I still find that aspect of my life a bit odd frankly, but any recognition I might have got or get now is purely as a consequence of doing your job in the public eye. You have to remember that it’s all relative. It’s all proportional to doing good things. It’s not exactly curing world poverty or anything, so you have to take it with all with a pinch of salt.”