Hamilton edged out Vettel after a race-long battle to cut the gap at the top of the F1 drivers' championship down to just seven points, swinging momentum back in his favour after his defeat in Hungary last month. "I knew it was on the horizon and knew I'd get the 68th pole, but I haven't thought about it much".
"I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn't", Vettel said.
"I chose to go for it and make the call", Vettel said after qualifying in second place for Sunday's race. "It is a very special feat that he achieved and I feel very proud to be up there with him". "Sebastian put up a great fight but this is what I said I was going to do and I did it".
He leads Hamilton by 14 points with nine races remaining this year.
"I didn't apply pressure, it could come soon, it could take time - being there".
"I don't really care what the rest is thinking".
"I have been around in the paddock for a while and I know people so it is only natural that you talk", Vettel said.
The three-time F1 champion was already ahead when he went even faster with a final lap for Mercedes, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel limited the damage with a fine lap to join Hamilton on the front row.
"I'm just honoured to be up there with him in the poles but he will still be one of the greatest of all time". I think the positive thing is that we had very good race pace.
"I don't believe any of the bosses or any of the individuals within the team is unhappy with what is now in place, so I find it hard to believe they will change that". "It was very hard to follow in the middle sector, but we stayed close, then we benefitted a little bit in the first and the last sector, but overall the vehicle was very good". "We get on very well together, so hopefully it all stays the same as it is now". It's insane to think that I have been in Formula One as long as I have.
"It was really intense", he said.