Sebestian Vettel has grabbed Red Bull’s first ever pole position – despite being the latest driver to voice his concerns over the super soft tyres rolled out for the Chinese Grand Prix tomorrow.
The tyres have been the story of the weekend with many drivers complaining they are not suitable for the circuit.
After practise, he commented: ‘The main task here for all the teams and drivers is to manage the different tyre compounds. As you can see, graining is the main issue, but thankfully I have my helmet and visor, which protects my eyes as the rubber is coming off!”
But they didn’t stop Vettel taking pole and his team-mate Mark Webber lining up in third after a thrilling qualifying session in Shanghai yesterday.
In another twist, Renault’s Fernando Alonso, who led the attack on the super soft tyres allocated for the third race of the season ‘ridiculous’.
But the Red Bull achievement is seen as a symbolic development in the sport, because it shows the new rules and regulations brought in to spice the action up on the track are working.
The traditional powerhouse teams, such as Ferrari and McLaren, have struggled to gain momentum and points, while the likes of Brawn GP and now Red Bull have seized the initiative.
Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team