Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday’s 2017 Formula One season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit from 3rd place on the grid just behind the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel and Ferrari were unable to match the pace set by Bottas and Mercedes and as a result had to settle for third place. Speaking after setting a qualifying time of 01:36.777s, Vettel commented by saying:
I think we were missing some speed today in qualifying, “but I think tomorrow we can be closer to our competitors, so we’ll see. Especially in Q3, in sector 2, they were very fast, while in the first and third sector we were more or less on the pace. Hopefully tomorrow it can be different: I think during the race we should have a better pace. Winning is always possible, even though here it’s difficult to overtake if your speed is not different to the other cars. So, let’s see what this race can bring and hopefully we can put pressure on our rivals
Kimi Raikkonen starts the race from fifth place in the second Ferrari having lost out on fourth place on the grid in the final moments of Q3 to Daniel Ricciardo. The Iceman set a qualifying time of 01:36.985s and starts the race just ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
Speaking following qualifying, Raikkonen commented by saying:
“It was not an easy qualifying and fifth position is far from ideal. The car felt good all day, I had good feelings. In Q1 we did few laps and it was very easy, but then it got tricky with the tires. For whatever reason, I struggled to make them work and trust them on a flying lap. In some runs, they were ok, then in another one it was more difficult. It was a bit of a guessing game. I’m sure that tomorrow the race is not going to be easy. The start is the easiest place to overtake, but even after that the race is far from over”