Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel expressed mixed emotion after his poor Qualifying performance for Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel says he has no regrets regarding his choice to stick with Red Bull’s previous exhaust design; the consequence was very disappointing he fail to enter the top ten on the grid for the first time since Brazil 2009
Vettel decided to use the old version exhaust design for Chinese GP. But his team-mate Mark Webber chooses for the latest version, I think.
“It’s always easy to say this and that now, but I was happy with the car yesterday and that’s why I decided to stay as we were,” said Vettel. I was happy with the laps I had in qualifying. There were no mistakes, but they weren’t quick enough. It’s as easy as that.
“Yesterday I was happy with the car. We decided to stick with the current settings and I don’t want to blame it on the car. Three times I did exactly the same lap, and three times it wasn’t quick enough to make it into Q3.”
“Obviously I’m not happy,” he added. “As I said, I was pretty happy with the laps I had in Q2, but they weren’t quick enough. We have to start the race from P11 and see what we can do tomorrow. Surely it makes it a bit harder, but not impossible to do a good race.
“I was pretty happy with the car today, but it was pretty close. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take the final step. There’s a lot of work to do, but there’s a very long race tomorrow, which gives us lot of chances.”
Red Bull Racing team Principal Christian Horner played down the dissimilarity among one exhaust layout and the other, saying the gap between Vettel and Webber was not essentially down to it.
“Not necessarily. The characteristic are slightly different but it’s hopefully suiting both drivers’ different driving style,” Horner told Sky TV. “If you look at the first and second sectors there is absolutely nothing between them, so the difference seems to be in the third sector.”
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