Sebastian Vettel put a brave face on his disastrous qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, which he will start 15th after losing power in Q1.
Vettel – who was expecting to challenge the Mercedes duo with his new engine upgrades – was unable to reach anything like his usual top speed due to a failure in the MGU-H energy-recovery system.
Despite going out for two last-gasp laps in Q1, he just couldn't find the time he needed to avoid being knocked out at the first hurdle – and his frustration was evident in an expletive-laden radio message on his in-lap.
"We had a problem where we couldn't get full power," explained Vettel.
"Obviously we were losing a lot on the straights, which is a shame.
"We tried to get to Q2, to buy us some time, but it didn't work. In the end, it didn't make a difference. I hope we can fix it before tomorrow."
When asked if Ferrari will employ an alternative strategy, such as a one-stop attempt, Vettel replied: "We'll see, it depends on what the others are doing.
"We have a quick car so we should be able to make up a lot of ground."
Another cloud on Vettel's horizon is that Motorsport.com understands he is to be summoned to the stewards' office to explain a red-flag breach this morning in FP3.