Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admits that there are “no excuses” at the end of Scuderia Ferrari’s worst qualifying result of the 2017 Formula One campaign, as he believes Mercedes was out of reach at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday. Sebastian Vettel lost substantial track time during the final practice session on Saturday, with Ferrari forced to revert to an older engine after a hydraulics leak was detected.
Sebastian’s car was readied in time for qualifying and he placed third in Q2, but slipped behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen during the final segment and ultimately clocked the fourth best time. It is the first time this season that Vettel has qualified outside of the top three: “I think the result is OK, but I’m not entirely happy, obviously. This morning did not help, but it’s not an excuse, we are doing enough laps. In the end I was alone [on track], and had no tow in the last sector, but I’m not a big fan of excuses, I could have done a bit better. Probably P3 was the maximum.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver admitted, as reported by the Italian media at the end of the qualifying session in Baku.
Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third, but qualified over a second adrift of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, pointed to tyre warm-up as the primary issue around the streets of Baku: “It is really difficult with the tyres to switch them on. With the last set had a better feeling, just on the warm-up side, but it was still not perfect, if you switch them on you can go a lot faster.” – Kimi Raikkonen explained.