Sebastian Vettel described his qualifying session as “horrible” after slumping to seventh on the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix.
“That was horrible, horrible,” Vettel told his team on the way back to the pits. “I think the rear was better the end of the lap but overall grip was down at the beginning of the lap,” he added.
Asked after qualifying why the team had struggled he replied: “What, you didn’t watch?”
“We were just not quick enough,” he continued. “Struggling on the super-softs.”
“On the softs it was very good and we were quicker than on the super-softs, which isn’t right.”
Vettel told his team during qualifying the soft tyres were performing better than the super-softs. “These are better than the other ones,” he said. “I have more grip than on the super-softs. Think about what we can do.”
“We don’t have any more of these,” his race engineer replied.
Vettel also incurred the ire of Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo who both reported they had been held up by the Ferrari driver in the final sector of the lap.
“I did [block Hamilton],” Vettel admitted, “but I had no idea he was coming.”
“I was told too late but it’s my mistake, if they give me a penalty then go ahead. Nothing I can do now.”
Kimi Raikkonen qualifying sixth on the grid but complained of a loss of power. His engineer said there had been a problem with his engine.
2016 Mexican Grand Prix
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- Ferrari ask for review of Vettel’s Mexican GP penalty
- Verstappen proposes ban on broadcasting team radio