Sebastian Vettel will make his start from the second row tomorrow at Yas Marina, after being promoted to P4 due to Bottas' penalty. Overall Ferrari displayed a significant lack of pace in the third sector compared to Mercedes over the weekend, owing to its slow-mid speed corners.
The German labelled the Abu Dhabi track as 'not the best' for the SF90, but stressed that the Maranello-based team will be out there 'looking for opportunities'.
“I will start from P4 tomorrow but today’s Q3 was not ideal. -he said- We are struggling a lot in the final sector where there are some corners in which we are simply not quick enough. It’s probably not the best track for us, but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow".
Vettel could not hide his disappointment at the end of the race, and also mentioned Leclerc's mishap at the end of Q3, as the Monegasque missed out on his final attempt.
"In the last part of the session it was a pity because everybody was so slow. As a result, my tyres were too cold when I started my lap and I lost the car immediately in the first corner. And Charles wasn’t even able to start his lap. The reason why we are slow in the last corner is maybe that we are sliding more than the others, because we are struggling to get the tyres working correctly".
"Tomorrow we will do our best, but it won’t be an easy race. But we are looking for opportunities. That’s why we have chosen a different tyre compound and will see if we are right to start on Softs".