Vettel admits to error with car setup
26 May 2012 – As was the case in China earlier this season, Sebastian Vettel has admitted a bad car setup decision in Monaco. After making a mistake on his first Q3 flying lap on Saturday, the German elected to save tyres by pitting and settling for ninth place on the grid.
Although he was classified tenth, the World Champion moves up by one spot because of the ten-place penalty which sees Pastor Maldonado fall from ninth to 19th.
“It was a bit mixed up for me,” he begins to explain. “It was looking very good this morning, but then I think we took a step in the wrong direction and ended up with a difficult car for qualifying. It’s a bit of a disappointment, as Mark showed what the car can do around here, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.
“It’s Monaco and everything is possible here. We could be on a different strategy tomorrow as we’re able to start the race on hard tyres (Soft compound, the harder of the two choices this weekend), slightly different to the cars ahead, so we’ll see how the first stint goes and go from there. It’s hard to predict, as it’s a long race.”
Team-mate Mark Webber achieved Red Bull’s second pole position of 2012.