Vettel pleased that gamble paid off
5 July 2014 – Sebastian Vettel expressed his satisfaction after Red Bull's gamble during the final stages of qualifying for the British Grand Prix netted him a place on the front row of the grid.
Vettel was languishing down in 10th place after the first runs in Q3 as he was one of the last cars out on track and therefore affected by the rain.
Red Bull opted to send Vettel out during the closing moments and the previously damp final sector dried sufficiently for the reigning World Champion to move into second position.
"At [the] start of Q3, we went out [as] one of the last cars and on my out lap it started to rain so I got that last wet sector to start the lap. There was no point [continuing] and so I aborted the lap, [it was] impossible to set a decent time on slicks," he said.
"Back in the garage we were waiting and we said we might as well go out, so we went out on dry tyres and we were one of the first to go out. It was difficult to believe on the out lap it would be dry enough, but it's a funny place," he said.
"[It was] a weird session – a lot of rain, no rain, fine rain, drizzling – England is the only country [where] you get these conditions, it's difficult to know what is coming."
Vettel added that there was an element of luck in his result.
"If you take our first run in Q3, we went out a minute later than anyone else but we didn't get a lap in," he said.
"That's how close the call can be, so it's tricky to get everything right, you can be a bit lucky."