GP Europe: Vettel and Räikkönen saved the furniture in the Q3 of Baku


After free practice, Ferrari had a lot of work ahead. The problems of reliability in their two single-seaters and the lack of speed and grip condemning the pilots to Maranello to be away from the times of reference. However, the qualifying session has given a respite to the Italian team since Sebastian Vettel has finished fourth and Kimi Räikkönen in fifth, which, coupled with the punishment of Sergio Perez, will allow both drivers to start from the second row of the grid output. is Not the optimal result, but it is a starting point to fight in the race on Sunday.

Sebastien Vettel finished in fourth position, leaving a curious sight to mark the same time to the thousandth by thousandth Daniel Ricciardo, although the Ferrari driver had to settle with be placed behind the australian: Yesterday we were not strong. Today we took a step, but we’re still not where we want to be. We benefit from the criminalization of Perez, but we need to focus on having a good start, because tomorrow anything can happen. It will be a long race and I acknowledge that if began fourth would be more angry. I have a vent in the clean side and that can make a difference“.

it Has been a very difficult weekend to find the pace said Vettel, who also added: “This track has many bumps and it is not easy to find the exact time for the heavy braking after the areas of high speed. We are happy, but not all, because the gap to Mercedes is very big. After this weekend we will try to understand where we’re wasting time, but for the moment let’s focus on the race because we are likely to do a good job”.


Räikkönen has followed in the wake of its companion, also in the own feelings: “there has Not been a weekend easy, but today in qualifying we managed to get a car very balanced. The sensations were good, and we were much faster than at the beginning of the end of the week. I Felt for the first time that he could drive as he wanted to, although I didn’t mark my last lap in Q3 for the red flag came out. With only two minutes of your session, we are traffic”.

Reaffirming its improvement, the finn explained: “I’m sure that if we had been able to do the last lap without problems, and traffic, could have been better, although if you compare it with the pace that we had up to now, I can be happy by the result. It is more than obvious that we are not here to finish fifth, but the race will be long and difficult for everyone. we Just have to do everything possible to make the right choices at the level of strategy and see what happens“.