Sebastian Vettel had shown good pace in free practice, both on dry ground and when it rained in the final practice session, and it was with some surprise that the German was eliminated in Q1, along with his teammate.
“Very frustrating because we had a good pace and we have no idea what went wrong,” explained the German after qualifying. “It was a surprise. I had little grip and feeling how the car was doing it wasn’t a big surprise that it was that slow, but we haven’t changed much since this morning and it was shocking how the car got so difficult to drive and slipping from the rear. We have to look into it because it became clear that something didn’t work out well.”
Vettel is still confident he can recover during the race, but after the team found a solution to what was lacking today. “I am always optimistic. Yesterday we showed a good pace and if we find what went wrong in qualifying, we should go back to where we were, but we’ll start from the back of the pack. It won’t be the first race we’ve managed to recover.”
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