Vettel says his confidence is back after Hungarian GP pole
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Saturday, July 30th 2011, 13:31 GMT|
Sebastian Vettel claims his confidence is back after securing pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The world champion, who endured his worst race of the season last weekend in Germany, returned to the top spot today, as he secured his eighth pole position of the year so far.
The Red Bull driver beat Lewis Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second, bouncing back from a difficult Friday.
Vettel admitted he was full of confidence again.
"I think it was a very good session for us," said Vettel. "Yesterday I think these boys were a little bit quicker than us. It seems like we've done the right thing as it was much more comfortable this morning.
"I'm very pleased with the result, we changed a lot on the car overnight. The boys were working very hard and they didn't get much sleep. To have a result like this today is the best way to say thanks.
"I've got the confidence back, today I felt much more comfortable in the car, now I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Red Bull broke F1's curfew limit for the first time as the team worked extra hours to make set-up changes to the car after struggling on Friday.
Vettel admitted the decision had paid off.
"I think they got back to the hotel around 5am," said Vettel. "Straightaway I noticed the difference and was happier. If you are happier it is usually because car is better, and if you are confident you are also able to get more out of yourself.
"So I think that is a good sign and very important for tomorrow's race. If you struggle with the balance of the car here or there, you reach a certain edge and you try to work on the car, which we did and we improved it. But finally overnight we released the note and it was much better today."