Vettel takes blame for Q2 elimination
5 April 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has taken responsibility for his exit from the second phase of Saturday's qualifying hour in Bahrain.
While the Red Bull driver, who also missed the Q3 cut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, complained about the balance of his RB10, he admitted that he did not extract its full potential.
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo went on to reach the final shootout and set the third fastest time, although he drops to 13th following his grid penalty.
"The final run for some reason was a bit more difficult," said Vettel.
"The rears were locking up. I've been playing with this for a while and I'm still not where I want to be.
"But I don't want to blame it on that. There was a little bit more in the car and I couldn't get to it."
Vettel, who will start 10th, is hopeful that he can make progress with an additional set of Soft tyres.
"Maybe the extra set of tyres will calm things down," Vettel explained. "It could help us a bit."