x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Vettel looking to learn from mistake

Sebastian Vettel feels he has a duty to win the British Grand Prix today - and that would round off a perfect weekend for the Red Bull driver and his team.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates after claiming his  third pole position of the season for today's British Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel celebrates after claiming his third pole position of the season for today's British Grand Prix.

SILVERSTONE // Sebastian Vettel feels he has a duty to win the British Grand Prix today - and that would round off a perfect weekend for the Red Bull driver and his team. The German claimed his third pole this season - and second in succession - with a commanding show at Silverstone yesterday. He is now hoping the race today will not mirror his exploits in Turkey, where he lost first place on the opening lap.

Jenson Button took advantage in Istanbul to claim a sixth win in seven races, but, with the championship leader starting sixth, it will be his Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello, in second, who will be hoping for a mistake this time. Vettel remains focused and is hoping he can provide a winning lift for the team, whose base is in nearby Milton Keynes, and for his faint championship hopes. "It's your duty to perform here and you have to deliver," he said, aware that he is 32 points behind Button in the title race.

"The last few years have not been easy for the team and now is our time. It's been a fantastic weekend and my final lap was close to perfect. "But two weeks back we were in a very strong position and then the Sunday we have found out there is still some work to be done. "We have a chance to win, but you never know what happens. It's good to hear Jenson is not straight behind us and even if he starts sixth he can come back and score a lot of points. They have proved in the past they can do it."

Barrichello may pose a greater threat. The Brazilian was victorious here in 2003 and would like nothing better than being the last winner at the circuit before the British Grand Prix is scheduled to move to Donington. "It's going to be hard to beat them [Red Bull], but that's what I am here for," he said. "Silverstone, for me, is very special and I took everything I could out of the car." Mark Webber will start from third in the other Red Bull and directed his annoyance in the direction of Kimi Raikkonen.

"I would have liked a slightly cleaner run on my last Q3 lap," he said. "I don't know what the hell he was doing, but he should have been on the right and he was on the racing line, dreaming." Jarno Trulli was fourth for Toyota, with the Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima putting in the best qualifying effort of his career in his Williams-Toyota to edge out Button for fifth spot. It was a dismal day for the world champion Lewis Hamilton, who only qualified 19th in his McLaren.

Adrian Sutil's big crash in his Force India at Abbey and the resulting red flag denied Hamilton one last chance to make it into the second period of qualifying. Hamilton said: "The race is over, but we'll keep fighting and hopefully put on a good show for the fans." @Email:akhan@thenational.ae