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Sport Sebastian Vettel lagging behind in Q2: "I can't explain myself"

19:55  10 october  2020
19:55  10 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel explains why he didn't get past Formula 1 starting position eleven in qualifying for the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Almost four tenths of a second Sebastian Vettel was missing today for a top 10 starting place in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring (follow Formula 1 2020 in the live ticker!) . The Ferrari driver doesn't know why his deficit in Qualifying was so huge: "I lost quite a lot of time in the first sector, which I can't explain," he said at 'Sky'.

In general, he felt comfortable with his lap of 1: 26.738 minutes in Q2, was "so far satisfied", says Vettel and adds to 'RTL': "Maybe the tires were not so hot for me, but it actually worked Felt okay and not as if there were worlds more gone. "

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Eleventh place on the starting grid , exactly 0.374 seconds behind P10, that doesn't hit Vettel so hard for other reasons: "It's not the first time this year that we're so far behind." In fact, Vettel has only started out of the top 10 three times in ten races so far.

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Ferrari tuning with a lot of downforce

P11 is "maybe not at all under these circumstances so bad, "says the four-time Formula 1 world champion. "At eleven we can choose our tires."

Vettel's team-mate Charles Leclerc was half a second faster in Q2 and finally put the Ferrari SF1000 in fourth position on the second row of the grid. And Vettel provides the reason for this: "We drive here with maximum downforce. We probably did that last in Hungary. We know: under these circumstances the car is a bit stronger."

Vettel does not want to know anything about a specific objective for the race. "Let's see what's in tomorrow," he says simply. "At the moment I don't do the math, I just let myself be surprised. And I can't promise anything. But everything will definitely be tried."

"The race will definitely be entertaining. It's a good track," says Vettel with a smile: "It would be nice if we turned left before the last corner onto the Nordschleife. I think that will always be a dream. "

With images from Motorsport Images .

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