Saturday, 21 June 2014

Vettel left wondering what might have been as the reigning world champion struggles in qualifying

(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was left disappointed on Saturday after qualifying his RB10 down in 12th place after missing out on a place in the top ten shoot-out. For the fifth time in eight Grand Prix the German has been out-qualified by his Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo and is still waiting on his first win of the season after Ricciardo took his first ever Formula One victory last time out at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Following today's session Vettel said that there was 'no simple fix' to the issues that he had today. While he qualified down the field in 12th, Daniel Ricciardo will start tomorrow's Austrian Grand Prix from 5th place just ahead of McLaren's Kevin Magnussen. 

Vettel said that not one lap is like another and went on to say:

'That's normal; I think that's our job. There's a couple of things where I am struggling a bit more, but equally I have to work on that, and I am, but it's not a simple fix. "There are no secrets - I think generally it's been quite tight, but [I was] not quick enough to go amongst the fastest group of cars.'

Despite starting tomorrow's race from 12th on the grid Vettel will be able to choose the tyre's that he starts the race from as the top ten have to start the race with the tyre's that they qualified on. The Red Bull Ring is tricky to overtake on and starting further back means that getting through the traffic will be more difficult then it would be starting up front as driver's are racing for position.

© Ben Johnston 2014

No comments:

Post a Comment