Vettel preparing for ‘crucial’ qualifying

Sebastian Vettel (10/1 to win World Drivers’ Championship outright) believes a good qualifying position will be crucial at the Spanish Grand Prix as he looks to move up the standings.

Vettel is currently fifth in the standings after four races, with the four-time World Champion picking up just a solitary podium finish when he placed third at the Malaysian Grand Prix in March.

Despite the slow start, the reigning champion is still hoping to mount a defence of his title this season and is eyeing the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend as a race to close the gap at the top of the World Drivers’ Championship.

But the Red Bull driver admits he will need a strong starting position due to the lack of overtaking opportunities provided at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is varied with 180 degree bends, fast, sweeping corners and elevation changes,” Vettel said.

“There isn’t much opportunity to overtake, so getting a good start position in qualifying will be crucial.

“The long, fast curves of Montmelo mean that it will suit a car with highly efficient aerodynamics. The track is very challenging on the tyres because of the same very fast corners, so lots of pit stops are likely in the race.”

Vettel won the Spanish Grand Prix in 2011, when he came from second on the grid, behind then team-mate Mark Webber, to cross the line 0.63 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes driver Hamilton has won the last three races in Malaysia, Bahrain and China and is the 1/3 favourite to win the World Drivers’ Championship this season, despite currently sitting four points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg (11/4 to win world title outright).

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