Teammate Lance Stroll, who is twelfth, also leaves Vettel behind, making it 13: 7 against the Canadian in the qualifying duel.
Vettel’s full attack on Saturday is also shown in a scene with AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, whom he overtakes in the pit exit. The French complains on the radio, but Vettel can only laugh about it. “He could have stepped on the gas”, the Heppenheimer smiles and makes it clear in relation to the gentlemen’s agreement criticized by Gasly, according to which one does not overtake in the warm-up lap: “Nobody here takes gentlemen really seriously except for the word.”
But Gasly’s late revenge in the private duel with Vettel follows at the end of Q3 – albeit in an unusual way: The Frenchman destroys himself on a wild ride over the curbs front wings and tires, and ensures a yellow flag. Vettel is one of the most suffering. “It’s a shame, I had to stop my last lap because of the yellow flag in the last sector,” says the German.
In Vettel’s opinion, Aston Martin’s small upswing is not enough because the competition is not sleeping either: “There is a bit of a trend in the last few races: The AlphaTauri is probably even the third fastest car in the field at the moment and Alpine is also much closer to McLaren and Ferrari on it “, explains the Heppenheimer and predicts with a view to the race:” Overtaking is not impossible, but difficult. It’s just not the best course for it here, like it was last in Interlagos. “