Sebastian Vettel: I’m to blame for Monaco qualifying failure
Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix from third
World championship leader Sebastian Vettel says he takes full responsibility for failing to make the front row of the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The German could only get his Red Bull the third spot on tomorrow’s starting grid, despite admitting his car had the pace to pip the Mercedes front row of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
And he admitted the blame for his disappointing qualifying lies squarely on his own shoulders.
‘I think it was very close,’ said Vettel.
‘Mercedes were very quick all weekend and we know they are good over one lap. But I don’t want that to sound like an excuse, I think there was a bit more than a tenth missing and I think I had that today, but it didn’t come together on the last lap.
‘The car was really, really good so if anyone is to blame it is me. I am not entirely happy with the last lap, but still pretty happy there is not a Ferrari or a Lotus ahead.
‘Tomorrow I think Mercedes will have to stop at least as much as us so I think sitting in third is a good result and should be a good opportunity to win the race.’
But with eight of the last 13 winners coming from pole in Monte Carlo, Vettel’s qualifying session could prove costly.
The German currently leads the drivers’ championship by four points from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen, with Fernando Alonso – who qualified in sixth for tomorrow’s race – in third.