Spanish Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has praised the work of his mechanics after their relentless work on Saturday managed to save a potentially disastrous qualifying result from occurring. Vettel, who finished P2 in Saturday morning’s FP3 session behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen, was called back into the pits after problems were seen on the telemetry of his car late in the session. This resulted in the team making a call to replace several components on his power unit, meaning that the car was barely ready for the start of qualifying.
As the crucial qualifying session began, it looked as though the work may have been in vain, as he slowed going through Turn 4 and received a radio message to stop. Questioning this, Vettel attempted to coast back to the pits and whatever the issue was rectified itself. He was able to pick up speed again and, from there, had a normal qualifying session which resulted in him challenging for pole position. He ultimately fell marginally short, and will start the race from P2.
“I don’t know how the mechanics did it”, said Seb after the end of the session.
“It’s a lot of work to put together. I want to say a big thanks to the team. This morning we couldn’t do what we wanted to. We know the track and the car, and I know that it is working. In the end we could have got pole position, but I missed the apex at the chicane. I was a bit late and lost a bit of time there.
But, overall, putting the car on the front row is a massive success. I think we worked really well. We realised that there was an issue and that we could fix it. Tomorrow, with the race rhythm, it will be fine, because when you get into the pace it is easier. A good start looks always good, so we’ll see, but I am confident for tomorrow and I always try to keep a smile”.