Sebastian Vettel is pleased to be starting the Belgian Grand Prix from second place following a difficult qualifying session in tricky conditions at Spa-Francorchamps today.
The German driver took advantage of a drying track towards the end of Q3 to provisionally put his Red Bull on pole position, only for Lewis Hamilton to snatch P1 away from him moments later. However, given the conditions, Vettel is pleased with his showing.
“It was difficult to know how fast you could go, I saw Lewis catching and thought I could have gone a bit quicker here and there, but in the end it was quite close across the line,” the defending world champion said in a team statement. “In these conditions anything can happen.
“I’m happy today; the boys did a good job with the change from slicks to intermediates which got us an extra lap and it was a good day for the team.”
Vettel is currently enduring something of a pole position ‘drought’ by his own exceptionally high standards, having failed to start from P1 since the Canadian Grand Prix at the beginning of June. However, in that time he has won two races and extended his championship lead to 38 points, laying a tough challenge down for any potential challengers.