Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he cannot explain the gap between himself and teammate Charles Leclerc in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.
The four-time Formula 1 world champion’s last race for the Scuderia,Vettel qualified 13th, 0.774 seconds off Leclerc in 9th.
Speaking afterwards to Ziggo Sport, it was pointed-out to Vettel that it was the first time since 2015 he had not reached Q3 at Yas Marina.
“Yeah, but in 2015 I think we messed up, today we didn’t mess up,” he responded. “We were just slow.”
An issue throughout the 2020 season for Vettel, the German has consistently struggled to match the pace of Leclerc, as proven by the latter’s 13-4 head-to-head advantage in qualifying.
Repeating a notion he has hinted-at before this year, Vettel indicated he couldn’t put his finger on why the gap to the Monegasque was so significant.
“Obviously it’s a mystery why there’s such a big delta between the cars, I don’t think there’s anywhere in the pit lane there’s such a big delta,” he said before shrugging his shoulders.
“I was happy with my quali and my laps. For sure you always feel there’s a little bit [more]. Maybe a tenth if you put everything into account, but yeah, let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”