For qualifying in Turkey, Ferrari drivers dropped out in the second session. Sebastian Vettel showed 12th time, ahead of team-mate Charles Leclair for the third time this season. Both Scuderia riders will win back positions at the start thanks to penalties from Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
Sebastian Vettel (12th): “We did everything to warm up the tires – in such situations, even a few degrees matters. Unfortunately, we were unable to maximize their potential – speed on rain tires became our weak point. The car is capable of more than 12th position, but not in these conditions.
Although I start from the middle of the peloton, tomorrow it will still be interesting, since we have not seen such a situation with asphalt, except for the stage in Austin in 2012, where there was also a new surface. Yesterday it was difficult on a dry track, but fun. The race will not be easy, but we have a chance to win back. “
Charles Leclair (14th): “The conditions were very difficult. Unfortunately, the speed turned out to be lower than expectations, although before this weekend was developing well. In the morning it started to rain quite heavily, but I still felt grip on the track and was confident in the car, but during the day everything changed.
We couldn’t get the tires to work in qualifying. As a result, problems began in the rain, and we lost speed – there is little good in this. I hope tomorrow’s race will be on a dry track. “
Laurent Mekis, sports director: “Disappointing qualifications. We were unable to bring the tires into working range, except for the last attempt in the first part. Already at the first stage of the season in Austria, we saw that we had problems on the wet track, but this morning on the intermediate tires we looked quite competitive, which inspired hope for qualification. However, on rain tires, the riders could not attack.
Throughout the qualification, we saw a range of results, which shows how difficult it was for everyone to get the tires to work. It is a pity, because before qualifying our car looked competitive among the teams of the middle group, but when starting from such positions it will be difficult to recoup. Based on what we saw in Friday’s training, we are at a disadvantage, but we will try to do our best to earn as many points as possible.
There is a long and unpredictable race ahead, and this is partly due to the weather. We will try to make the most of all the possibilities. “