Sebastian Vettel says he was not happy with his flying lap that ultimately left him fourth on the grid after opting to save a set of tyres by making just the one run in Q3.
The Ferrari driver admitted he gambled on limiting himself to just one flying lap to try and keep more strategy options open for tomorrow?s Chinese Grand Prix.
?Yeah, we saved a set of tyres. I think we opted for that,? says Vettel.
?I was happy and confident that I could make it on the last lap, but I didn?t, so I wasn?t happy with the lap. A couple of small mistakes here and there that cost me quite a lot of time.?
With Ferrari having looked nearer the pace of the Mercedes in practice this weekend and Nico Rosberg starting on the soft compound, Vettel says tomorrow?s race could be interesting.
?The start can be interesting with him [Rosberg] on a different compound for the extra start performance, then the first stint will be interesting to see how the tyres behave for us and for him and then we go from there,? says Vettel.
?In Australia, the start was pretty good so I?m confident that I can have another one and then we go from there. Obviously there was the Red Bull [Ricciardo] that squeezed past, but I think we can be quicker tomorrow.
?Obviously I have another set [of tyres] in hand. Whether we need it or not depends on the race ? whether the safety car comes out at a certain time, maybe we don?t even need it. But that?s the gamble we took today in Q3 otherwise I think we could?ve been two positions higher up, but that?s how it is.