I could have been faster, Vettel says

I could have been faster, Vettel says

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Sebastian Vettel
photo: Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel took his 53rd career pole, his eighth for Scuderia Ferrari and will start the Azerbaijan Grand prix from the first position on the grid.

“I am very happy with this result, but I am a little bit upset with my final lap because I locked up in turn 3. I knew the car was good and in the first two corners, I was already one and a half-tenth faster than the lap before. Then, maybe, I hit the bump the wrong way a little under braking and I locked up. In the end, I made the corner, so I wasn’t that late, but obviously, after that, the grip wasn’t the same. It’s a shame because I think I could have been faster, but I am happy anyway”, Vettel commented.

“It’s going to be a long race. I think it is very important to be able to fight for the pole in order to have a good chance during the race. Even if the result has been good these last few Saturdays, there’s still a lot of work for us. We know that the car can be faster. Obviously, we have worked hard to get to where we are now, but everybody in the team knows there’s more to do. We have to stay focused and keep pushing. However, I am not afraid for tomorrow and I believe we have good chances.”

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth after a mistake in the last corner of his final lap.

“In Q3, on my last run I had a lot of speed and the feeling with the car was really good; I knew I had a very good lap going. Entering the last corner I took it very easily because over the weekend the wind has been quite tricky there. But for whatever reason I got a massive snap exiting the corner and went sideways. I was able to get the car back but the lap was gone. I’m pretty sure that without that mistake I would have been in a much better position. It’s very painful and frustrating to mess it up in the last corner like that, I’m very disappointed. Unfortunately, with the mistake, we are not in a very good position for the race. Today it did not pay off, but tomorrow is another day and we’ll do our best”, the Finn explained.

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