Vettel pleased to battle through ERS problem
24 May 2014 – Sebastian Vettel says he was pleased to claim a spot on the second row of the grid after losing ERS early in Saturday's Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session.
The Red Bull driver had to cope without the extra recovered energy for the entirety of Q2 and Q3, with the system failing in the opening phase.
Despite the issue, Vettel did enough to back up team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who finished as best of the rest behind the Mercedes duo.
"I had some problems in qualifying today. Somewhere in Q1 we lost ERS, so basically the electric power to discharge the car and we didn't get it back," said Vettel.
"In the end we ran a different mode which was fine, but surely not as good as it should be. It was the first time it had failed this weekend, but these things happen. We tried lots of different modes, but at some point you have to just get your head down and get on with it.
"My time was OK but then we weren't able to improve on the second flying lap in Q3 as there was a yellow flag. I thought we would give Mercedes a hard time today, but we struggled with some things and the gap was too big – it's still good to be on the second row for tomorrow."