Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has conceded that “a little help from a friend” helped him recover in the final part of the qualifying session for the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix and join main title rival Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid ahead of the race on Sunday. The current Formula One World Championship leader was at one stage languishing down in fifth place, but a mistake from his Finnish team-mate Kimi Raikkonen saw him switch attention to helping Sebastian Vettel in order for the German driver to get a nice slipstream for his final hot lap which brought him to within two tenths of Lewis Hamilton’s best lap time at the Spa-Francorchamps track.
“I think I had a little bit of a help from a friend. Kimi had to abort his lap and was very generous giving me a nice tow in the last sector, which got me like two-tenths, so that helped – it made it more comfortable with Valtteri [Bottas]. In Q1 I was really happy, the car was amazing. In Q2, the job was to get through. In Q3, on the first lap, I was missing a bit of feel for the front. My second run in Q3 was better in that regard, and I got a bit of a help, but it was tricky getting into the last corner, knowing you arrive faster with the tow, and braking is never easy. I managed to get it right and get it across the line. Our pace has been very good this weekend, less for one lap, more for long runs on consecutive laps and with high fuel loads, so let’s see what we can do.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport at the end of the qualifying session which took place this afternoon at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
German driver Sebastian Vettel, whos currently has a 14-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 Driver Standings, earlier today ended speculation about his Formula One future by signing a new three-year contract extension with Scuderia Ferrari, as officially confirmed by the Maranello team’s website.