Vettel: The race and nothing else

Date published: September 25 2011

Sebastian Vettel insists he isn’t thinking about records or World titles after a “perfect” qualifying took him a step closer to both…

Sebastian Vettel insists he isn’t thinking about records or World titles after a “perfect” qualifying took him a step closer to both.

Vettel will start Sunday’s Singapore GP from pole position having clocked a 1:44.381 around the Marina Bay circuit, 0.351s quicker than his nearest rival and team-mate Mark Webber.

However, the German reckons he could have been even faster had he not make a mistake on his second run, which resulted in him aborting the lap and heading back into the pits.

“On the last run I tried maybe a little bit too much going into the tricky chicane around Turn 10,” said the Red Bull driver.

“I think I could have made it but I decided to abort because it’s very easy to damage the car so I went wide.

“I was quite happy with my first lap, I think the circuit ramped up in the end a little bit so I think it was possible to go faster.

“All in all it was a perfect session, I’m very happy, it’s a very fun track and a big challenge.

“It’s very difficult, there are so many corners and such a long lap to get everything together, but I think we learnt from the mistakes we made last year in qualifying and kept our heads cool.

“It’s great, we have both cars on the front row, so let’s see tomorrow as it’s a very, very long race.”

Vettel’s pole, his 11th of the Championship, moved him closer to several F1 records.

Should the German translate his P1 starting position into a victory he could become F1’s youngest-ever double World Champion depending on where Webber, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finish.

The 24-year-old, though, says he’s not thinking about the title, he’s just looking at what he can do in the “moment.”

“We have a long race ahead of us tomorrow, that’s where we score points and not in qualifying,” he said.

“It shows that every single race is another step for us. We try to focus on the moment which is the most important to get all out. We have to keep doing what we are doing, and it’s not easy to do it every weekend.

“Tomorrow is the race and that is where the focus is.”

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