Upbeat Vettel eyes a dry race

Date published: July 23 2011

Sebastian Vettel may have failed to qualify on the front row of the grid for the first time in 15 races, but he still believes he can win on Sunday…

Sebastian Vettel may have failed to qualify on the front row of the grid for the first time in 15 races, but he still believes he can win Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

The Championship leader could only muster the third fastest time of the session, pipped by team-mate Mark Webber and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

While the result may not have been in line with those thus far in the season, Vettel insists he is not too disappointed by his spot on the second row of the grid.

“It was tough session,” he admitted.

“I think we had a good recovery, as yesterday I didn’t really find my way, but the car felt much better this morning. I think we could have been a bit quicker in qualifying here and there, but Mark did a good lap and I think we still have a good chance from third on the grid. It will be a long race and you never know what can happen with the weather here.”

On the topic of the weather, the 24-year-old is hoping that the rain stays away.

“Rain is forecast, but we don’t know how much we will have and when. However, in the end it doesn’t really matter, the most important thing is that we have a solid race and the target is to win, which is not impossible from third – it’s the clean side of the track and we go from there.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow – it doesn’t happen too often that you have so many people coming here and supporting the German drivers, so I will make sure I enjoy the race tomorrow,” he added.

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