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Vettel: There was a bit extra in me

Vettel: There was a bit extra in me

Vettel: There was a bit extra in me
Sebastian Vettel finished the final qualifying session of his Formula 1 career ninth for Aston Martin, and claimed he felt there was a bit extra in him that contributed to his result.

Finishing ninth in any qualifying session is normally nothing to be proud of for a driver of Vettel’s caliber, but when it’s achieved in an Aston Martin, it is considered as a decent effort.

Under the watchful eyes of his father Norbert, Vettel seemed to be in the zone from the start of qualifying for the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and was on it from Q1, and ended up ninth when Q3 was over. Teammate Lance Stroll was 14th and out from Q2.

“I think it was coming alive,” he told Sky Sports F1 after qualifying. “I felt really comfortable at the end of Q1 and then Q2, so I would have loved to have another set [of tyres] in Q3 but all in all I think it was a good session for us and we could qualify the car in a decent spot.

“I’m still in the zone now, but it was a bit emotional before qualy, but I’m sure it will be a big day tomorrow,” he added. “We have a task on our hands as well, we try to beat the Alfas and score as many points as possible to maybe get sixth in the constructors’ championship.”

The car was doing what Vettel wanted

Later, in Aston Martin’s post qualifying brief, the German said: “Overall, my final qualifying in Formula 1 was a good session. The car is doing what I want this weekend and this has contributed to this decent result.

“I have been very motivated and it felt as if there was a bit extra in me today,” he revealed. “We did have some traffic in Q1 and Q2 with a Red Bull at the last corner, but the lap in Q3 was clean.

“I am looking forward to the race – my last one in Formula 1 – and I hope we will be able to deliver a good result for the team as I end my journey with everyone at Aston Martin F1.

“Anything can happen here and we will try to maximise our chances tomorrow,” the four-time F1 Champion concluded.