Sebastian Vettel struggled with the balance of his Ferrari SF1000 during the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix qualifying session.
Vettel, who had a chassis change for this weekend after the team found a small issue on his previous one, has failed to make the top ten for the last few weeks, but had hoped to make Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix.
However, the Barcelona circuit showed up Ferrari’s flaws once again, with the team having to run a higher downforce setup compared to Silverstone, and Charles Leclerc ended up ninth, while Vettel could only manage 11th.
Speaking after qualifying Vettel stated that he was frustrated not to make it into Q3 and that balance has been an issue for him all weekend.
“I was very close to making the cut to Q3, as two thousands of a second is a very small gap.” commented the four time F1 world champion.
“I tried everything and for sure it is a shame to be that close and not get through. I’ve been struggling all weekend to find the right balance.
“However, we have to look at the positives and with a free choice of tyres for tomorrow, hopefully we can do something different. We have tonight to think about that.”
Vettel added that while he was happy with the car in the first sector, he had lost confidence in the car as the lap progressed, although the last sector was better than the middle sector.
“Overall today, the first sector was ok, but then in the middle one the car started to be more and more nervous, I struggled in particular in turn 7, but also turn 5 was very tricky.” he added.
“The final sector was better, but there too, it wasn’t easy to find the right balance.
“Now we have to study the data in order to find some answers that could be helpful for the race.”