Sebastian Vettel: “I should be able to score good points”

Sebastian Vettel was a surprise elimination from the first part of qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver suffering power issues that ultimately saw him end the session sixteenth fastest.

The German was disappointed to miss out due to the technical gremlins, but still has ambitions to climb into the points in the race, especially with the extra Pirelli tyres he has in comparison to some of his rivals.

“Right from the start we didn’t have the full power available, so when I went out for the first run we tried to fix the problem, but we couldn’t,” revealed Vettel. “Due to the lack of power we couldn’t make it further. For sure we have to investigate but I don’t think that there’s anything to do with the engine.

“I think it has more to do with the electronic side, but I am confident that we can fix the problem in time for tomorrow’s race. We have plenty of tyres and anything can happen.

“We have a strong car and a strong pace, so I should be able to score good points. The problem we had this morning in FP3 was completely unrelated.”

Vettel’s afternoon was complete when he was subsequently handed a five-place grid penalty for passing Roberto Merhi under a red flag period during the final free practice session on Saturday morning.

“Obviously there was a red flag at the time, I was behind the Manor and I don’t know what was the problem with him, he was quite slow and I passed him,” said Vettel.

Stewards summoned both drivers, with Vettel being deemed responsible, and therefore he will therefore start eighteenth, ahead of only Max Verstappen and Jenson Button, who are also taking penalties in Montreal.