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Malaysian GP: post qualifying press conference

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03/04/2010

Mark, it was a crazy session. But by the end you didn't just seem to find extra pace but possibly a rudder to sail that Red Bull onto pole.
Mark Webber: It was a very tricky qualifying session for everyone. No question about it. When you look at the amount of standing water in places in Q1 and in Q2, just trying to get everything right, trying to get a clear lap, obviously there is a fair difference in pace between some of the cars. It was a pretty challenging session for everyone. My Q2 lap on the inters was a bit of a three-point turn around Pedro (de la Rosa) which was my quickest lap and you just knew you had to keep pushing as the conditions can change. Very challenging for everyone and some big scalps in the first session as well which was a bit of a surprise but it just goes to show how sensitive it is to timing. The pole is for my engineer. He made the call for the inters. He said, ‘mate, have a look at the track, what do you think, but yeah, let's go for it, it's going to be at the end on the third or fourth lap you are going to go for pole. That's the proper tyre you need to be on.' Tricky in places, turn two, but also stopping for the last corner there was a bit of aquaplaning. But it was the right tyre and I kept it on the black stuff and got the job done.

Nico, a first ever front row start in Formula One for you. You seemed to enjoy the conditions a little more in Q3 than your team-mate did this year.
Nico Rosberg: No, I think generally it was very, very difficult in qualifying. Really up and down and in the end qualí three was my best run and I was very pleased. It felt good out there and I thought I got a good lap in and then for the second lap the tyres had already started to degrade, so I couldn't improve. But I was a bit worried as I saw Mark in front on inters and I was pretty sure that that was the right tyre and I was just about to dive in the pits and then I thought I understood from him, from where he was going, that he was changing his mind, so I decided to stay out but thankfully it wasn't the wrong decision to stay on full wets either, so the front row is fantastic.

Sebastian, take us through Q3 from your perspective. Mark, for once, had the better of you.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, I said straight after the qualifying ‘good job, poker face.' I think in the end we made the right call. It was very tricky at the start of Q3. There was a lot of water and it was the right thing to get the red flag out as it was just impossible for all of us. There was just too much water. The cars are quite low, so you end up swimming more than driving. But then I think in Q3 we did the right thing. It turned out that the water disappeared quicker than the majority of people thought and Mark was on the better tyre at the end. But, nevertheless, third is a very good position and result for us and the team and everything is possible tomorrow, so as they said already it was a very tricky session and I think it was much more important to get into the next round and qualify as high up as we can, which we did. Shame I had some moment in the fastest lap. I was very close to Nico. I think only about one-tenth, but if you look back there wasn't that much margin either, so we can be very pleased with third today.

Mark, for the third time this season a Red Bull driver starts on pole for the grand prix. How is the race going to pan out for you and are you worried about what's happened to the Red Bull driver who has been on pole the first two times?
MW: Well, we know Sundays we haven't executed the cleanest races so far this year. The guys have worked like hell at Milton Keynes and also at Viry Renault engines and we are doing our utmost to execute those important Sunday afternoons. We have done a lot of great work on Fridays and Saturdays, but we know tomorrow is a big chance for us as a team to do well. Both of us together with some of our main contenders having a tough day today. But look, tomorrow, is a long race. This place can throw up lots of stuff in the two hour duration of the race, so we are not getting too far ahead of ourselves, but we did what we needed to do today.

Press Conference

Mark, surely the session was all about making the right calls at the right time. We have seen that some people didn't make the right call and became major casualties as it were. Who made the call about your intermediates?
MW: Collectively Ciaran (Pilbean) and I did. I have got to drive that car and he is having a look at the track conditions and also looking at the window with the weather. It is totally the wrong tyre if it lashes down with rain and totally the right tyre if it holds off for that little bit longer. It had already started to spit but the track in sections it was definitely the right tyre to be on. In other places it was quite high risk to throw both laps away and lose the car. I wasn't aware I was the only guy on inters. I thought maybe Seb would be and I didn't know who else would have a crack at them. I didn't know I was the black sheep of the top ten, but in the end we made the decision together and it was about putting it together. But a tough hour for everyone. I wouldn't throw egg at anyone, any team, as it is just so easy to get it wrong and it is easy to end up massively on the back foot and then you can't respond as we saw with both Ferraris and Lewis trying desperately at the end there when the track was gone. Q2 obviously we needed a canoe as it changes so quickly here and it is just absolutely undriveable in those conditions. You are doing a 40-50kph but even on the pit entry it was very tricky, so this place when it rains we know it is impressive. Fortunately for everyone today and also the TV we managed to get today's work done and let's see what we wake up to tomorrow.

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