Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel admitted that the gap to Mercedes at the end of Q3 in the qualifying session is a bit discouraging after the Germain driver could only manage on the grid, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for fifth, behind Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull.
The two Mercedes drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, battled ought each other for pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday, as the Finn came out on top, while Sebastian was four tenths of a second adrift, which is much more than what was expected after the positive performance in China and Australia: “In Q2 I thought OK, it will be tight, happy to go into Q3 – and then I was very happy with my first lap.” – Sebastian Vettel admitted, as reported by Tuttosport. The German driver was on top in each of the first two practice sessions on Friday, but could not manage a similar pace when it was most important: “And when I got the time, I was a bit down. Four tenths was a lot more than expected given how good I felt. On the last run, I tried probably too hard everywhere, we had nothing to lose. I tried a bit harder but didn’t work, was slightly slower. Being a tenth quicker [wouldn’t be] good enough but I tried.” – the four-time Formula One world champion added.
The time difference is not at all encouraging for Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix, but Sebastian is confident things can go better in the race on Sunday: “I have not seen where we lost most of the time, but a little spread everywhere. Sector 1 and 3 stood out, Sector 2 not too bad. I don’t know if they have an update for here, and they can push harder. We lost a bit more time there, a bit more than usual. For tomorrow, the most important thing is the car felt good today.” – the German driver concluded.