'Anything is possible on Sunday' – Vettel
13 April 2013 – Sebastian Vettel is hopeful that his Q3 tyre-saving tactic will yield significant rewards at Shanghai tomorrow afternoon, with the German able to start the race on either the Prime or Option compound after choosing not to post a time in the final session.
The Red Bull driver, who lines up in ninth place, is bullish about his chances and believes that with Pirelli’s Soft and Medium tyre allocation, nothing can be ruled out.
"I hope anything [is possible]," said Vettel. "I think it’s quite an interesting situation. The Soft tyres don’t last that long. They were great on one lap but after that it’s not very nice. The Medium tyre seems a better race tyre, as it is lasting quite well. We also have the possibility to still choose our starting tyre as we didn’t set a lap time at all."
Vettel went on to explain that although his Mercedes and Ferrari rivals have been setting the ultimate pace on the softer of the two compounds so far this weekend, he has seen a weakness on the Hard tyre that he is aiming to exploit in 24 hours' time.
"I think we saw that some people are very fast, especially Mercedes and Ferrari," he added. "They were very competitive on Soft tyres, a different story on the Hards. We decided to go in a different direction, whether it works or not we will see tomorrow."
Vettel’s team-mate, Mark Webber, suffered an early exit from qualifying after his car ground to a halt in the second session with a fuel pressure-related issue.