Red Bull not regretting early Super Soft run
8 June 2012 – In the fear of afternoon rain, which came down heavily but only after the second practice session, Red Bull elected to run Pirelli’s Super Soft tyres in the opening period ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. With hindsight, this was not an ideal plan, but Sebastian Vettel is confident the right decision was made under the circumstances.
“We ran the Super Soft tyres this morning thinking there would be rain this afternoon; in the end it didn’t come, but you never know in advance,” said the German, whose day ended in fourth place behind Lewis Hamilton and the two Ferrari drivers. “I think we had a good day; we got decent laps and even with the different approach in terms of when we ran the tyres. I think we can be happy. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Monaco winner and team-mate Mark Webber enjoyed a quiet day en route to a final finishing position of 12th, fourth tenths of a second off Vettel’s pace but with fuel loads unknown.
“It’s been a pretty good day,” the Australian reported. “We thought there would be more mixed weather, but it didn’t come. We ran the Super Soft tyre in the first session…the programme was a bit compromised, but we still got everything done that we needed to. We’re pretty happy with where we’re at and I’m confident in the work we did with the car.”
In last year’s Montreal race, Webber recovered from a first-corner collision with Lewis Hamilton to steal third place from Michael Schumacher; Vettel just missed out on victory to Jenson Button, allowing a single mistake to spoil an otherwise faultless afternoon.