These Red Bulls do have wings
Sebastian Vettel has vowed to complete some unfinished business for Red Bull after snaring a second consecutive pole position on Saturday for the Australian Grand Prix.india Updated: Mar 27, 2010 23:48 IST
Sebastian Vettel has vowed to complete some unfinished business for Red Bull after snaring a second consecutive pole position on Saturday for the Australian Grand Prix.
Vettel claimed the pole in Bahrain a fortnight ago, but subsequently finished fourth behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the season-opener after leading for most of the race.
The German claimed his seventh career pole when he nudged out teammate Mark Webber by 0.116sec to set up an all Red Bull front row on the race grid for Sunday's 58-lap Australian GP on the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne.
“We didn't really get the job done in Bahrain so we will try to do it here,” Vettel said.
Vettel, who is bidding for his sixth GP victory in 45 starts, clocked a fastest lap in the third and final qualifying stage of one minute 23.919 seconds.
The 22-year-old German is expecting an incident-packed race on the bumpy street circuit in contrast to the predictability of the Bahrain race.
“This circuit has a nature that there is more action than probably in Bahrain,” he said.
Webber said he was not daunted by the prospect of trying to win his home GP at the ninth attempt after some frustrating failures since 2002.
“I have a much bigger thing in mind, a good result tomorrow and of course I'm keen to do well here but every Grand Prix is a very respectful thing to take part in and whichever race I'm in I always do my best.”
Ferrari's two-time world champion Alonso of Spain was third fastest and will start on the second row of the grid alongside reigning world champion Jenson Button in a McLaren Mercedes. Teammate Felipe Massa was fifth quickest just ahead of German Mercedes GP driver Nico Rosberg.
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in a Mercedes GP will start on the fourth row of the grid alongside Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
“I would guess the ranking reflects the situation well and our performance is probably the maximum for our car at the moment,” Schumacher said.
“We still have a lot in hand for tomorrow's race, and I am on the clean side of the grid for the start.”
The shock failure in the qualifying session was former world champion Lewis Hamilton, who missed out on the final stage of qualifying.
The British McLaren Mercedes driver was 11th fastest in the second qualifying stage in 1:25.184 and missed out on the top 10 cars into the third and final stage by 0.062secs.
“I just didn't have the grip in the tyres in qualifying. I feel I got everything out of the car,” Hamilton said.