ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – Qualifying results
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari went 'too aggressive' with its set-up coming into qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, causing him to struggle for rhythm when it mattered having shown promising pace in practice.
The Ferrari driver was quickest of all in FP3 raising expectations of a competitive showing in qualifying, but the more ambient temperatures would leave him chasing momentum throughout the session
Ending up in fifth place behind the Mercedes', Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel feels he had the pace for P3 but a scrappy final lap would leave him on the third row.
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“The problem was I was struggling to find the rhythm,” he said. “I think we were a bit too aggressive and trying to anticipate the conditions tonight so I got caught out a little bit. It was coming towards us at the end but it was a shame qualifying didn't continue.
“I think it is normal that there is quite a big shift between afternoon and evening and as the sun goes down the track temperature goes down and I think everybody is trying to do the same thing.
“I think in this regard we went a bit too far it was a bit difficult to get into the rhythm. Nevertheless, the car was good no major problems but obviously it is about putting it all together and I think it was not an ideal session.”
By qualifying behind Raikkonen, Vettel loses out in the qualifying head-to-head between the two drivers 11-10.
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