Vettel: No consistent feel with my car

Paul Ricard, France

French Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he couldn’t get a consistent feel with his SF90 in qualifying, resulting in his poor qualifying position.

Sebastian Vettel was one of the shock performances of qualifying on Saturday, only managing to finish P7 with his second run in Q3.

Having made it through Q1 & Q2 without any apparent issues, he aborted his first run in Q3 after running outside track limits at Turn 6 and also encountering a mechanical issue when his car didn’t upshift correctly after the chicane. This didn’t affect his second run, but this turned out to be a poor lap anyway with the wind having picked up.

“It was a bit of a funny session, as I didn’t get a consistent feel for the car and didn’t extract the maximum out of it, so I can’t be happy with that.” said Vettel afterwards.

“On the last lap I just didn’t have the same feeling as during other parts of the session and that’s why we didn’t qualify where we should be. The car was better than where we ended up.”

“On the other hand, I am looking forward to tomorrow. It will be difficult to manage the tyres, but in the race, usually things settle down so it’s much more straightforward and should be more consistent, so let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

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