Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel was left ruing a mistake on his final hot lap in Formula One qualifying for the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix after missing out on pole position by just 0.038 seconds. The four-time Formula One world champion looked poised to claim a record-equalling third Interlagos pole after leading after the opening runs in Q3, only to fail to improve on his second and final run.
This allowed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to snatch pole position away by a slender margin, leaving Sebastian Vettel to settle for second place on the grid in Brazil, ahead of the race on Sunday: “I was quite happy with the first lap.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport, at the end of the qualifying session on Saturday: “I knew that in the last corner in that first Q3 run I had a little bit left because I lost the rear a bit. So I wanted to get there, and hopefully gain some time.”
“But I chickened out a little bit too early in the first corner, braking too early. The grip was there so I lost some time compared to the first run and then I managed to stay there. I got what I thought I got back in the last corner but it wasn’t enough to come back.” – Sebastian Vettel explained, as reported by the Italian media.
Despite being disappointed to miss out on pole, Sebastian Vettel felt that Scuderia Ferrari had made significant progress after struggling through practice, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen set to line up third on Sunday: “Not ideal, but overall I think a very positive day for us, both of us, I believe, looking at the gaps yesterday and today, so fair enough.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.