Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel missed out on pole today for Sunday's F1 2010 Singapore Grand Prix following a 'messy' Q3.
The German had been the favourite to claim P1 following his form in practice, but when it mattered he got it wrong in the top-ten shoot-out and had to be content with second, just behind the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.
“I think we could have been on pole today, the car was good enough,” Vettel lamented. “Unfortunately Q3 was a bit messy, my first run was a waste of time as I misjudged the gap to Michael [Schumacher], I caught him very quickly and lost grip.
“On the second run the most important thing was to get a lap in, as I didn't have a proper time yet. The second sector was not great, through Turns 11, 12 and 13 and I hit the wall slightly. I tried to recover in the final sector, but unfortunately it wasn't good enough and that was it for today. We are second, but it's a very long race tomorrow.
“No one knows what will happen with the weather, if it rains after midday, the track won't dry completely, so we will see.”
Team principal, Christian Horner was also disappointed - and with Mark Webber only fifth in the sister RB6, he conceded that they should have done better.
“Second and fifth is a good starting position for tomorrow, but ultimately it's frustrating after we showed such promise in the practice sessions,” Horner added. “Sebastian was on a good lap, but dropped time on the exit of Turn 12, which left him with a lot to do in the final sector. We missed the pole by the smallest of margins today.
“Mark didn't have a particularly clean first run, which left him with a lot to do on the second run and unfortunately fifth was his optimum today.
“It's a long hard gruelling race tomorrow though; we know we have a competitive race car, so we look forward to tomorrow's race.”