Sebastian Vettel. Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
“The car has become worse,”. Those were the words of Sebastian Vettel through the radio during the third and final round of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. The German, author of the best time in Q1, had to be content with the fourth position, nearly a second of the pole position from Daniel Ricciardo, although it is noted that not even their best time of the session, achieved in the Q2, it would have been to improve his starting position.
While, Kimi Räikkönen concluded sixth, something less than two tenths behind the four-time champion but exceeded as well (just six thousandths of a difference) by the Force India of Nico Hülkenberg. All in all, the penalty imposed on the Finnish by the replacement of the gearbox you will consign to the eleventh position of the grill.
And that Vettel had registered the best lap in Q1, with a little more than two tenths on Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and three compared to Ricciardo. But the German could barely improve at the time of the truth, while their main rivals managed to scratch in around a second (slightly more in the case of the australian Red Bull) at the time. Vettel did not hide his annoyance.
I’m disappointed, because since Thursday we improved a lot the car and this morning we started very well, but according to progressed to the classification I made it more difficult to get grip, which in this circuit will penalize more. The car started sliding a lot, we don’t know why, and while the others were getting faster all the time we were doing the same times as in the beginning. Anyway, the race is tomorrow and we have a great car and a great pace.
, Räikkönen attributed his result to your inability to work the tyres, but he is confident that the idiosyncrasies of Monaco can open the doors to a better result in the race.
We struggled to make the tyres work as we would have
liked; the rear axle, I was going, the front slipping and in a
circuit like this if you don’t have a stable grip is lost much
time. I am not happy with my position and the penalty didn’t help, but
we will try to get the maximum. The race is not going to be easy, but here
tend to happen a lot of things and we will try to make the best and
make the right decisions if it appears the safety car.