Sebastian Vettel Q&A: We simply werent fast enough 14 Apr 2012
After such a dominant 2011, its become pretty hard to imagine a front row without Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel. But so far this season Vettels struggled in qualifying and Saturday in Shanghai saw him post his worst performance since 2009. Failing to make it through to Q3, he will start from 11th. Far from happy, the defending world champion is now focused on making amends on Sunday
Q: Sebastian, what happened?
Sebastian Vettel: It was not good enough, its that simple. There was nothing fundamentally wrong and I felt pretty comfortable in the car, but the last couple of tenths didnt drop and this is the result. Regrettably, it wasnt enough.
Q: Your team mate Mark Webber was fastest in Q2 and was running the new exhaust system whilst you opted to run the old one. Do you regret your decision now?
SV: I opted for this solution on Friday afternoon simply because I felt more comfortable with this version. This morning it didnt feel that good anymore, so of course you start to think. But in the afternoon it had improved again but unfortunately not enough. With hindsight it is always easy to blame it on a wrong decision, but that decision felt right for me at that moment. Of course we will have to sit down and look into the matter to avoid such a situation in the future.
Q: You look a bit perplexed
SV: Im actually not. As I just said, I was quite happy with the car, but in the last instance it was not fast enough.
Q: It was the first time since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix that you didnt make it into Q3. How do you cope with this?
SV: Well, in the end the gap wasnt insurmountable - it just simply didnt happen. We havent been fast enough. And I dont want to blame it on the car. In fact, I was quite pleased with it. I was doing almost identical times in all my three laps, which obviously means that there was no room for improvement. Its sad because, as I just said before, I felt quite good in the car.
Q: From the first two races of the season, weve seen its not necessarily the pole sitter who wins the race. So are you hopeful for Sunday?
SV: Yes, it will be a long and demanding race so there should be some chances to better the position. But of course it is always easier to start at the front and stay there. I have a new set of tyres still left so I can start on whatever tyres I like and that is probably the only positive in this situation. It may make life a bit easier tomorrow.
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