Seventeen races is a long time for a four-time world champion to go without a pole.
And while he expects Mercedes to hit back in the race, he reckons the Scuderia have a car capable of winning for the first time in 2019.
Both Vettel and Charles Leclerc weren’t too happy with the car after Friday practice, but they made gains overnight, with Vettel also making the most of the warmer conditions to top final practice and then nail a sensational lap in the closing stages of Q3 to take his 56th career pole, leading to shrieks on team radio from both Vettel and his team.
“I’m full of adrenaline,” said Vettel moments after climbing out of the car, “You know the feeling in the car when it just keeps coming?
The car felt good and I think we can carry that into the race.