Sebastian Vettel said he was held up by traffic on his second run in Q3 but it was a tall order to improve on his first attempt anyway.
“I had a very good lap in Q3,” said Vettel after scoring his 42nd career pole position in Korea.
“My first attempt, I knew that it would be tricky to beat that time, for myself, so I tried again.”
“But obviously the second run I caught Kimi [Raikkonen] on the warm-up lap and I was a little bit too close, we didn’t have that much time in hand to drop back further. So not ideal but fortunately the first lap was good enough.”
Vettel said the competition from Mercedes was “very strong”. “I think they feel pretty comfortable in the middle sector,” he added, “so it’s a tight battle”.
“A bit of a surprise this year we are very good in sector one which is mostly straights so the car is pretty good through those two corners that we have in the first sector and seems that is competitive down the straight which is always helpful also for the race. It’s the easiest part of the track to make up time.”
“So in that regard I think we got the balance right this weekend, improved the car from yesterday, I wasn’t entirely happy with final practice yesterday.”
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