Sebastian Vettel has done nothing to hide his disappointment after being beaten to pole-position for the 2018 Italian Grand Prix.
Vettel had looked good to start Scuderia Ferrari‘s home event from pole after seeing off Lewis Hamilton‘s record-breaking challenge with an all-time lap record himself. But in the dying seconds of qualifying Vettel’s team-mate, Kimi Räikkönen, posted a lap time of 1:19.119 to best Vettel’s time by 0.161seconds.
“I’m a bit disappointed as I couldn’t get pole today and made some mistakes, so that my lap was not that tidy, but locking out the front row with both cars is a great result for the whole team,” said Vettel.
In the race Vettel will look to continue to close the gap in the drivers’ championship standings to Hamilton and believes Ferrari can continue their strong qualifying form into Sunday’s race.
“For tomorrow I think we will have the right speed to race and hopefully we can have a good start, which is always important, especially here.
“The race is long, so that anything can happen, but we’ll work hard and do our best. The car is strong, so we should be fine. I am happy for the result, as much for our tifosi and hope to get the same result tomorrow”.