• Canadian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Red Bull 'trusted' the RB8 - Vettel

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel secured pole position by a clear margin on Saturday © Press Association

Sebastian Vettel said that the fact Red Bull "trusted the car" was key to him securing pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The scene was set for another very close session in Montreal after the top 15 drivers were separated by just half a second in Q1, but Vettel went on to take pole position by 0.303s from Lewis Hamilton. When asked what was behind the final margin, Vettel said it was a smooth build-up to qualifying which allowed the team to "trust" the car.

"I think we've had a fantastic weekend so far to be honest," Vettel said. "Yesterday was very smooth, we didn't have any problems with the car; I think we've learnt a couple of lessons especially in the last two races where arguably we were quick - we were quick on Sunday in the race - but we didn't get it out of the car on Saturday in qualifying. So we learnt quite a bit and as I said it was important to have a clean run.

"Yesterday was a good day, this morning we trusted the car that we had and we were able to pick up and just go with the circuit and try to read the conditions. So I was very happy throughout qualifying - Q1, Q2 and Q3 - so I was able to always get a little bit quicker. It looked very tight at the beginning to be honest and I knew it would be within a tenth but in the end it seemed that we could make a bit more of a difference which obviously is good. But still the advantage we have over Lewis is eight metres tomorrow on the grid. I'm looking forward to the race, obviously I think we have a great car so this time as I said we got it right in qualifying."

Vettel added that the banned floor and brake duct designs had little effect on the car's overall speed, and said that the press had accentuated their importance.

"I don't think it's just a hole in the floor that makes all the difference, obviously reading the papers you get that impression. But it was a bit of a shame that it went one way and then the other. It was declared illegal then legal and then illegal, so in the end we never really feared a big impact on the performance of the car. I think generally it's a whole, the car works as a whole - not the hole in the floor but as a combination of all the parts together! We were not afraid that it would have a big impact on performance."