Sebastian Vettel Wants ‘Everybody In Front To Retire’ At Imola GP

Vettel said he was “happier with the feeling of the car” this weekend but nevertheless qualified a long way behind his Ferrari team-mate.

Sebastian Vettel will start the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in 14th position – seven places behind team-mate Charles Leclerc.

In a post-qualifying interview, when asked what needs to happen for him to make up ground in the race tomorrow, Vettel joked: “If everybody in front retires!”

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Continuing, he gave a more serious reply, saying “It was a better qualifying session.

“I was happier with the feeling with the car, and I was a bit more comfortable, but it seems we are stuck in the position we are in at the moment and it didn’t make a difference in terms of where we are compared to the others.

“That was a bit of a surprise, but I tried – I tried at the end as well to squeeze everything, taking more risks [as] I went a bit wide in the chicane so in the end, we lost one position for track limits, but I think it’s more important to try,” he added.

Furthermore, Vettel noted that it will be difficult to make up positions in the race as there is little scope for overtaking on the narrow Imola circuit.

“It’s going to be difficult. We’re at the back and from there it’s difficult to make up positions. Overtaking is not so easy. I hope we have a good car in the race tomorrow and that we look after the tyres. Let’s see.”

It has almost been ten grand prix since Sebastian Vettel last made it into Q3, while Leclerc has been consistently dragging his Ferrari SF1000 into the final qualifying shootout this season.

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