As in Australia, Ferrari’s Sebastian didn’t quite have enough to prevent Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton grabbing pole in China - though the gap was even tighter than in Melbourne. So can Vettel turn things around again in Sunday’s race? The four-time champion says it will depend on the Scuderia being prepared for anything…
Q: Sebastian, how likely is it that the ‘red festival’ will continue tomorrow?
Sebastian Vettel: I have no idea. That will largely depend on the conditions tomorrow. Right now we do expect a wet race, but that might change as the predictions are only a 45 percent [chance of rain]. What seems to be a fact is that there will be a drop in temperature by something like 10 degrees - and that alone can make a significant difference.
But that is all crystal ball reading. What I can say right now is that the car feels good and I have been pleased with my qualifying lap. Maybe compared to Valtteri (Bottas), luck was a bit on our side. In the last corner I had a slight mistake that probably cost me five-hundredths, but until that point my lap was perfect. It was good to see that from Q1 to Q3 we’ve been able to constantly raise our game, so it will be interesting to see what will happen tomorrow.
Q: When the cars were in parc ferme afterwards you were having a very close look at the Mercedes. What exactly were you looking at?
SV: That I will not tell. They have all been watching in Stuttgart and have a direct line to Brackley, so my lips are sealed! (Laughs) And maybe I am looking at the completely wrong thing. But I can look at our car the whole day if I want to, so it is interesting to see something else. Anyway, it is impossible to read anything into a single piece, as a car only makes sense as a whole concept.