Vettel: Second row grid slot required risk
7 June 2014 – Sebastian Vettel says he was required to "take more risk" to secure a place on the second row of the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Albeit more than half a second adrift, the Red Bull driver was the nearest challenger to Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton during Saturday's grid-deciding hour.
"The start of my last lap wasn't great," Vettel began. "I still didn't manage to get that first sector right, I didn't get along with the first two corners very well today.
"But, after that I tried to take more risk and it worked, so sector two was very good through the two chicanes, especially through the second one; I found a significantly better line and more time compared to previous runs.
"I then kept it together until the end, so a very good result. It was the maximum we could do – we were very close with those behind, half a second behind the Mercs, but then four cars were within four to five hundredths of a second of each other, so I'm happy to be the quickest of those."
Fellow Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was at the back of the train in sixth, admitting to a "scrappy" last lap.
"We made a couple of adjustments and it didn't quite work out – but that's hindsight! We were close to third, but not close enough and we paid a bit of a price by being sixth," the Australian commented.
"We've made progress throughout the weekend and we were not too far off, but it's disappointing to just miss out. Hopefully we can get a good start tomorrow and see how we go, the strategy will be interesting."