Formula 1 in Singapore: Quali frustration with Schumacher and Vettel
“We were a bit too aggressive and went on dry tires too early, the track wasn’t quite ready for that yet,” the German concedes after the session. “It was close and could have paid off, but I realized right away on the outlap that it was the wrong decision. But by then it was too late,” Vettel quarrels with the risk variant.
So Vettel’s last shot on Saturday backfires, in the end the Aston Martin driver even slips off the track and has to go through the emergency exit: “I made a mistake and braked myself. I knew that I was on the wet part of the I’ll lose a lot of time on the track, so I attacked extremely on the dry parts. I was a bit too aggressive on the brakes and the front tires weren’t quite warm either.”
Conclusion Vettel: “All in all, it was just a bit too early today. Not much, but just the three to four laps that it would have needed.” For his final Singapore GP, that didn’t exactly simplify the starting position: “We’re quite far behind, so it will of course be difficult because it’s not so easy to overtake here,” says Vettel, who is encouraged by the training impressions: “Ours Race pace was looking pretty good. Hopefully there will be a little more rain tomorrow and preferably some chaos as well.”
Like Vettel, Schumacher is hoping for rain
Compatriot and friend Mick Schumacher will start one place ahead of Vettel on Sunday. For the German, it is the Singapore premiere after three years of a forced F1 break in Asia due to corona, so Schumi Jr. can live well with starting position 13: “Compared to yesterday, we really made a big step forward today,” he says happily 23-year-old about the fact that his Haas once again works well in the mixing conditions.