Sebastian Vettel endures an additional hard day of qualifying for Infiniti Red Bull Racing: 4-time defending Formula One champion to start 10th in Bahrain

4-time defending Formula 1 champion to commence 10th in Bahrain

By: Adam Cooper on 4/05/2014

Sebastian Vettel's Saturday at the track included a mechanical issue that shortened his final practice session before qualifying.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Sebastian Vettel’;s Saturday at the track incorporated a mechanical problem that shortened his last practice session ahead of qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel failed to drive his Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault out of the second qualifying round in Bahrain on Saturday soon after encountering a downshift dilemma, even though Vettel conceded that he hadn’;t acquired the most out of the auto.

His day commenced badly when he spun into a gravel trap in the ultimate practice session ahead of qualifying. Although the car was not stuck, the engine reduce as the anti-stall method failed to react effectively, so he lost most of the session.

Vettel ended up in 11th place in Q2, but he will start off 10th in the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday thanks to teammate Daniel Ricciardo’;s 10-area grid penalty for a pit lane infraction in Malaysia. Ricciardo had qualified third in Bahrain.

“On my ultimate run, we had some issued with the downshifts, which upset the stability,” Vettel explained. “It was the only shot I had in Q2. It was very near. Great for Kimi [Räikkönen] who was 10th, and negative for me who was 11th at that stage. Couple of motives why — I believe at the end I was not in a position to extract 25 % out of the vehicle.

“For some cause from a single to the other, from the last run in Q1 to Q2, one thing went incorrect and we could not repair it in time, so I had to do the lap compromised. How significantly it affected the lap is challenging to measure, but definitely it was no support. The vehicle behavior was not the way I needed it or the way I expected it. But I’;m not a fan of blaming one thing in particular. For positive that did not assist, without it probably yes, I would have made it to Q3, but nevertheless it was not the session that we wanted to have this evening.”

Vettel said he also had a wastegate situation that price a bit of functionality on the straights. In spite of his disappointment, he believes he can move up in the race. And he better, as Vettel is just 6th in the standings, previously 28 points behind leader Nico Rosberg.

“I think yes, It depends who I have to overtake,” Vettel stated. “But it’;s constantly achievable. I hope we discover the proper method to make confident we can use the pace of the car. I believe after we are in free air we should be fine, but naturally it truly is a bit simpler to be in free air when you commence from pole, rather than 10th or 11th.”

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