Vettel: We weren't quick enough today

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he simply wasn't quick enough after being knocked out of Q2 during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel endured a difficult day in Bahrain as he spun off during the final practice session and reckons that his error put him on the back foot for the remainder of the running.

The German, who won in Bahrain in 2012 and 2013, will start the race from 10th place.

"We weren’t quick enough today," he said. "I was pretty happy yesterday, but I think this morning didn’t help us when I spun off and did some damage to the car. It’s hard to say how big the impact of that was, as once you start qualifying you just get your head down and try to do the best you can.

"It was quite tight with Kimi [Raikkonen] and there wasn’t a lot missing to get to Q3, but that’s how it goes.

"We get an extra set of tyres tomorrow and I think in the race things will calm down and we’ll be able to be a bit more consistent and attack for some good points. I think our speed is okay on a longer run – and actually on a shorter run too, as Dan has shown today. It will be hard to overtake some cars tomorrow, but we will try our best."

Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third place but will drop 10 places on the grid following his penalty in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I think through all the runs and on both tyres I was happy with my performance," he said. "We may have saved one set of tyres compared to the others, so that’s good, hopefully I’m going to need it tomorrow for coming through the pack; hopefully it will help us."

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