Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
62 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
85 days
09 May
Next event in
103 days
23 May
Race in
120 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
134 days
13 Jun
Race in
141 days
27 Jun
Race in
155 days
04 Jul
Next event in
159 days
18 Jul
Race in
176 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
190 days
29 Aug
Race in
218 days
05 Sep
Race in
225 days
12 Sep
Race in
232 days
26 Sep
Race in
246 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
250 days
10 Oct
Race in
260 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
274 days
31 Oct
Race in
281 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
302 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
316 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
323 days

Vettel: Ferrari must be "sly as a fox" to score in Bahrain

shares
comments
By:

Sebastian Vettel feels Ferrari needs to be "sly as a fox" with its Formula 1 tyre strategy to score points in Bahrain after failing to reach Q3.

Vettel qualified 11th at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday night, narrowly missing out on a place in Q3 after struggling on his final lap.

Read Also:

It marked the 11th race in a row where Vettel has failed to make it through to Q3, with the German sounding frustrated over team radio upon learning of the result.

But Vettel did manage to outqualify Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, who could only finish 12th overall.

"It was very tough and tight," Vettel said. "I think Sector 2 wasn't ideal, I was too close to George [Russell], maybe that didn't help, and I was struggling after the stop and go in the final sector to get the fronts really to work.

"Maybe there was a little bit more [time], so Sector 2 was for sure not super clean. Overall I think it's more or less where we belong this weekend.

"Tomorrow is the race, and in the race it's not about one lap, so we'll see what we can do."

Drivers have been struggling with tyre management throughout the Bahrain weekend so far, prompting all of the top 10 to decide to qualify on the medium compound tyre.

Vettel said there would be a big "tyre battle" for Ferrari, meaning it had to be canny with its strategy if it wished to score points.

"This track is very rough, very tough on tyres, and that will be the key tomorrow to manage those," Vettel said.

"I think if we are sly as a fox, we have a good chance. If not, then it will be a long race. I still believe that there is a good chance to score some points."

Leclerc felt there was "definitely a bit more" time to find during his lap after ailing to his second straight Q2 exit.

"You can always do better, but I think that's the case for everyone," Leclerc said.

"At Turn 4 I think I lost quite a bit, but yeah, it's like this, we'll start P11 and P12, the first ones to have a free tyre choice.

"I don't know how much we can benefit from that, because I'm pretty sure that starting on the medium for the top 10 is not so bad.

"But yeah, we did our best, and today that's what was possible."

Related video

Bahrain GP: Hamilton storms to pole ahead of Bottas

Previous article

Bahrain GP: Hamilton storms to pole ahead of Bottas

Next article

Sainz left "very angry" after car failure wrecks race hopes

Sainz left "very angry" after car failure wrecks race hopes
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain GP
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Scuderia Ferrari
Author Luke Smith