Vettel: Good qualifying position crucial in Spain
4 May 2014 – Sebastian Vettel says that a good qualifying position is crucial in order to achieve a strong result at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Reigning Champion, who won at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2011, is currently fifth in this year's championship and reckons that the lack of overtaking opportunities places an added emphasis on Saturday's performance.
"The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is varied with 180 degree bends, fast, sweeping corners and elevation changes," he said. "There isn't much opportunity to overtake, so getting a good start position in qualifying will be crucial.
"The long, fast curves of Montmelo mean that it will suit a car with highly efficient aerodynamics. The track is very challenging on the tyres because of the same very fast corners, so lots of pit stops are likely in the race."
Vettel's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo believes that finding the right balance between downforce and top speed is difficult at the track.
"It's a good track to defend on, but one that demands a lot of concentration and the right set-up," he said. "The trade-off is that you need fairly low downforce on the long main straight but that compromises the rest of your lap and makes the car difficult to control. Finding the right balance isn't simple."