Sebastian Vettel said he was surprised not to reach Q3 despite Ferrari’s concerns about the performance of their car in Austria.
Nonetheless Vettel admitted he did not expect to be eliminated from qualifying during Q2.
“It’s a surprise,” he said. “We thought that we had a little bit more in hand but it looks like the others were probably running a bit more fuel and more conservative in practice.
“I wasn’t quite happy with the car, I was not so happy with the car. Quite more oversteer on entry than I would like. But we’ll see I think tomorrow is a different pictures.”
Warmer conditions are expected at the Red Bull Ring tomorrow, which Vettel hopes will play into Ferrari’s hands.
“We’ll see, it’s a long race [and] I think in race trim we are always better. I think we will there to make up some ground and score some good points.”
Vettel’s team mate Leclerc was the last driver to make the cut for Q3 and went on to claim seventh place on the grid in his Ferrari.
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