Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2012

Vettel ‘doesn’t want to blame the car’ after missing top ten

2012 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2012Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday’s race from 11th on the grid after failing to reach the final ten in qualifying.

He missed the cut by less than five hundredths of a second, and was only three-tenths slower than the fastest driver in Q2 in a closely-fought session.

Vettel said: “Obviously I’m not happy but as I said I think I was pretty happy with the laps I had in Q2 but they weren’t quick enough. Now I could go through another hour but that’s a fact.

“We have to start the race from P11 and see what we can do tomorrow. It surely makes it a bit harder but not impossible to do a good race.”

Vettel reverted to an early version of Red Bull’s exhaust set-up this weekend while team mate Mark Webber has continued to use the current version. Vettel would not be drawn on whether that was the cause of his problem:

“It’s difficult to say. Yesterday I was happy with the car that’s why we decided to stick with the current settings.

“I don’t want to blame it on the car. Three times I did exactly the same lap and which three times wasn’t quick enough to make it into Q3.”

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