Vettel not surprised by close times
21 September 2013 – Sebastian Vettel says the close times witnessed during Saturday evening's qualifying session in Singapore were not a surprise, despite his electrifying practice pace.
The Red Bull driver, who opted for a single run in the final shootout phase, ultimately held an advantage of nine hundredths over Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, a package he had tipped to perform well following the opening pair of practice outings on Friday.
"It was a weird feeling, standing in the garage with two minutes to go," said Vettel after the session. "It is much worse seeing others on their final attempts. I was watching the sector times very closely, in particular Romain [Grosjean, Nico and Mark [Webber].
"It was very close in the end with Nico, but a great feeling as it could have gone wrong. I'm very happy with the result, the car has been phenomenal. The gap yesterday was a surprise, but today was what we expected with Mercedes being so close behind."
Team-mate Webber claimed fourth on the grid, alongside Lotus driver Grosjean.