Sebastian Vettel furiously admitted he was “upset and angry” after the embarrassing finish to his first F1 qualifying with Aston Martin.
The German got behind the wheel of his new car for the first competitive day since arriving from Ferrari, looking to get a good starting position for the opening Bahrain GP.
But the four-time Drivers’ Championship winner ended up having a disastrous, with the British car finishing the first qualifying round third-last on 1:32:056.
With Lewis Hamilton just under three seconds clear and Max Verstappen of ex-team Red Bull even further clear, Vettel was left seething in the Middle East.
Speaking after the Q1 race, the Aston Martin racer said: “If I panic now would it help?
“For sure I'm upset and angry that it wasn't our fault in a way to not make it through but we have to take it and do what we can to prepare for tomorrow.”
Vettel was a victim of circumstance, though, as he was caught up in traffic from Haas-Ferrari man Nikita Mazepin’s first-corner spin.
With the yellow flag being pulled out, the German was forced to take his foot off the pedal and was unable to put in a better lap on his first effort.
The 33-year-old said: “Certainly, I think there was potential to be a lot faster so we just made it across the flag and then had the issue with the yellow flags during the lap so that made it impossible to come back.
“It is what it is now so we'll see what we can do tomorrow.
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“I’m learning. I think the quali was good and it was positive – not that positive because I only got a lap and a half.
“We still have a lot of work ahead of us and we would have hoped for a better start but it is what it is.”
Vettel’s switch to Aston Martin was confirmed last September, having spent six seasons with Ferrari and failed to win another Drivers’ Championship.
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