The first pole in the auto-drama Jose Carlos Pace since Felipe Massa in the tragic year 2008 Ferrari has not succeeded again. Sebastian Vettel missed in Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Brazil in 2019 the time of Max Verstappen by 0.123 seconds. In the race, in which Ferrari is traditionally less strong than in qualifying, Vettel therefore expects a tough fight. First, the four-time world champion still annoyed in the cockpit over a driving error in the Juncao curve, which was similar to that of team-mate Charles Leclerc. However, Vettel was not quite as far outward as his Monegasque teammate.
In the press conference he sees the carver far less dramatic. After giving one to Max Verstappen in an entertaining way, he comes to his own qualifying session: "I'm really happy that we were able to get in there in the first race, so if only one tenth of a second is missing, then you're wondering." "I had the last corner at the end It would not have been enough anyway, I think, because he was able to improve on his second lap, my second lap was not so good, I do not really know why, but in the first corner I slipped a bit more and Team mate Mattia Binotto sees things differently: "Vettel made a strong lap at the beginning of Q3, despite the mistake in the first corner, so I think without the mistake he would have pole But it is always tight in Brazil and overall I believe that Verstappen has earned the Pole. "Ultimately, Vettel landed in a position with which he himself had expected:" We were h very good on the way. In the free practice that was foreseeable. I am surprised that Mercedes was not at the top in the end. At Red Bull it became apparent that Max was well on the way. The qualifying was also pretty good for him from the beginning. He has earned the pole. "The 32-year-old is a realist enough to know that in the race he will be anything but easy – even though he has won twice in Brazil (2010 and 2017), this season Ferrari is much better in qualifying than in the race and if it does not go to the pole, that's not a good sign. "It will be a very difficult race," he prophesies. "But I'm very happy with the balance and the car has always been better, the longer the qualifying has lasted. In the third free practice I rode a long run again, which felt much better than on Friday. That gives me hope. But it is difficult to classify, because the others did not do that. "Vettel's recipe: winning the start, then managing everythingWhat possibilities are Ferrari's?" On his own, we can definitely make an excellent start, "says Vettel. Win the start, benefit from the top speed advantage and regulate everything with Track Position. "Red Bull and Mercedes seem to manage the tires a little better. But we have the speed and the power. I am cautiously optimistic. "Sounds like a good plan Well, there is a problem: Sebastian Vettel starts from the dirty side, but he does not want to know anything about it:" If we have a good start, I'm in front. We should see the glass half full. "If it runs perfectly, he sees himself in a thrilling battle between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull:" I hope that we are on an equal footing throughout the race. The race was not always our strength in general. That's why I hope that we can cope better tomorrow and especially with the tires well house. "He builds on higher temperatures, which are predicted for Sunday.