Vettel: P9 start is ‘where we normally wouldn’t belong’

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Vettel: P9 start is ‘where we normally wouldn’t belong’

Sebastian Vettel stated it was a “actually good effort” for him to take ninth in qualifying at Imola, however conceded it isn’t the place Aston Martin “belong” within the present pecking order.

The four-time former World Champion made his method by to Q3 in a qualifying session beset with points that noticed 5 purple flags break up the operating, with some drivers’ operating interrupted whereas on flying laps.

Vettel was included on this in Q3 with three ill-timed stoppages, having already arguably taken the AMR22 past its common capabilities within the wet-dry circumstances at Imola.

His team-mate Lance Stroll may have accomplished the identical, however the arrival of rain throughout a purple flag interval in Q2 put paid to his hopes of creating it by to the highest 10 with the remainder of that session having taken place within the dry.

The German admitted the tempo the automobile has proven thus far in 2022 wouldn’t usually see him get into the combo within the third a part of qualifying, and the ending was in the end one thing of an “anti-climax” – however the end result was nonetheless a optimistic one for the crew.

“I feel it was eventful for everybody, so we take it,” Vettel stated to Formula1.com. “Clearly we all know we certified the place we usually wouldn’t belong, in order that’s a very good effort.

“I had possibly a gradual begin, however I wanted a bit of bit extra time with the automobile to get a really feel in Q1 and Q2. However when it mattered it was there, and the primary run of Q2 was good which was essential to get to Q3.

“In Q3, I feel it will have been good to have had a correct lap as a result of I solely had a look-see after which the second try I went a bit of bit extensive into Flip 2 however then it was all purple flags from there.

“A little bit of an anti-climax to complete, however total an incredible end result for us.

“The primary time for us in Q3 this yr. The primary time for each vehicles to be in Q2 this yr, so it’s been good thus far.”

Group principal Mike Krack was eager to take the positives from Aston Martin’s greatest efficiency of the season thus far in qualifying, which supplies a great addition for the Silverstone squad in what has been a tough yr for them.

 

“Beginning ninth for tomorrow’s dash is an effective achievement for Sebastian and a extremely encouraging end result for the whole crew after our misfortunes in current occasions,” Krack stated.

“Sebastian had been proper within the thick of all of it afternoon. He reacted brilliantly to the altering circumstances, setting aggressive occasions in each Q1 and Q2, and was all set to problem for a better place earlier than his progress was stalled by the a number of Q3 purple flags.”

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