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Critical error by Ferrari caused Vettel’s Q1 elimination

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Ferrari critical error caused Vettel's Q1 elimination

Ferrari critical error caused Vettel’s Q1 elimination

Ferrari F1 team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has admitted that Ferrari’s huge mistake caused Sebastian Vettel failed to enter the Q2 of qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The German could only manage 16th on the grid for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP, but has suggested that his placing was down to human error rather than a lack of consistency. The Q1 elimination was allowing him to save some life in his super-soft tires.

“A huge mistake on our side made it impossible for Seb [Vettel] to progress beyond Q1,” admitted Arrivabene following qualifying.

The victim Sebastian Vettel told reporters: “Nothing wrong with the car, we thought that the lap I had on the Soft (harder) tyres was quick enough, but in the end it was not.

“There was also a car in front which shouldn’t have been there. So we misjudged the situation, a small mistake with big consequence, but the race is tomorrow and lots can happen.

“It is good that Kimi [Raikkonen] is in the front, we have a quick car and it is possible to overtake here, even if only tomorrow we’ll be able to tell how much it is. The German added

“You can spend a lot of time speaking about what we did wrong, but in the end we know, so now we need to move forward.”

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