Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted he felt “bitter” after he was unable to set a time in qualifying due to a technical problem with his car. Another technical problem hit his team mate Charles Leclerc in Q3. As a result the Maranello team, who were quickest in all three practice sessions, are set to start tomorrow’s race 10th and 20th.
“I don’t know what happened,” said Sebastian Vettel of the problem which forced him into the pits in Q1. “Something broke with the turbo and that was game over from there.
“Obviously [it’s] very bitter. I think the car is great and lost out on a big chance but hopefully we’ll have a big one coming again tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel confirmed that he had been encouraged by the changes made to his car ahead of qualifying. “I think the car was good,” he said. “We did some changes also that should have been great for this afternoon but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Both drivers suffered different problems with their cars according to Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel’s car was affected by a problem relating to the airflow into the turbo, while Leclerc’s stoppage was blamed on a fuel system fault.
For Seb, this was the second time in three race weekends a technical problem has prevented him from setting a time in qualifying.