At the end of today’s qualifying at Russia’s Sochi Circuit, Sebastian Vettel was second fastest with a lap in 1.36.123.
Behind the German came Valtteri Bottas for Williams, while Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in 1.36.663.
Vettel has a five place grid penalty following a gearbox change and so he starts from the fourth row of the grid tomorrow. Pole position went to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes who posted a best time of 1.35.417.
Vettel “confident” despite losing grid slots
“Yesterday we lost some time, but today I think we recovered. Now I’m waiting for the race. I will start seventh which is not where we belong, so we should be quicker than the other cars around and go from there. The car is good, so I am confident for tomorrow.” Vettel said
“We are not the favorites, but there’s always a chance. I hope not to get it wrong this time. For sure we need to start improving as soon as possible, that’s why we are pushing very hard. We are doing everything we can, we have a new engine here, and I think we are on the right way, but we still see that other people, especially Mercedes, are doing a good job as well. If you want to be the best you need to be ready to tackle the best.”
“I have high confidence, but let’s keep our feet on the ground. It is easy to get overexcited and for sure now we would like to be first, but that’s the nature of the game. We are wisely spending our energy looking at ourselves, trying to make improvements. Time will teach us…”