With both of his cars, Ferrari bled in the Formula One Russian Grand Prix time trial: in addition to Charles Leclerc just falling behind in Q3, Sebastian Vettel broke the SF1000 in the second stage hair, causing the red flags to come out as well.
“Well, I lost the car… already in corner 2 and then in 4 again, and then I couldn’t catch it anymore,” said the four-time world champion, who will already be in Aston Martin colors next year.
Sebastian Vettel hits the barriers and brings the session to a halt.
Quick out-laps will be needed to get round in time to post final laps.
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He added that while he was happy with the free practice, he struggled with qualifying for the balance of the car, especially in the first third of the track, where the wind direction changed along with the weather – we could see several faults in the braking distance of turn 2.
“I suffered on the timer, especially in the first sector,” he admitted. “I tried to take more risks, but like I said, I also lost the car in corners 2 and then 4. Obviously I’m not happy, but compared to the free practice in the morning, I suffered quite a bit in the afternoon. ”
As a result of Vettel’s accident, he could get into the 15th starting block before Sunday’s race, and given that he is only 13th in the individual composite, scoring would be key to him, but the same can be said for his five-position Leclerc also from Ferrari, which has sixth place.