Sebastian Vettel has said that teammate Mark Webber deserved pole position for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but the German driver is still disappointed to have missed out on his eighth pole of the season at Yas Marina Circuit.
The German driver appeared to be untouchable during practice and the early parts of qualifying, laying down a pace that his rivals could not match. Despite doing enough to have provisional pole ahead of the final runs, Vettel could not respond to his teammate’s fine final lap that saw Webber secure his second pole position in the last three races. However, Vettel is not certain he could have bettered his teammate’s time.
“I think I did a very good lap so congratulations to him [Webber],” Vettel said. “I think I should have done a little bit better but I don’t know if it had been enough.
“As a fact he deserved to be on pole today. He did a good job, no mistakes. As I said, on top of that, a great result for the team. We should have a strong race tomorrow.”
Vettel cited a mistake at turn one as being his downfall, admitting that he pushed too hard and lost time as a result.
“I was pushing hard, that’s the reason behind it,” he said. “Surely, I think, as a driver, you always argue that there is a little bit here, a little bit there but the bottom line is that if you look at it from the outside as well, if you push yourself to the maximum trying to get everything out then you do mistakes as well.
“I’m not very proud of that but I did what I could today and it wasn’t enough to be on pole and that’s why I said it before and I’ll say it again – Mark deserved to be on pole, no doubt.”
Vettel heads into tomorrow’s race bidding to equal Michael Schumacher’s feat of seven consecutive race wins, with Alberto Ascari’s long standing record of nine victories in a row well within the German driver’s reach.