Sebastian Vettel was left to settle for second place on the grid for Sunday’s Formula 1 race in Monaco after falling short in the final Q3 shoot-out for pole, with the Ferrari driver blaming greed for his loss of lap time.
Vettel was the favorite to take pole after dominating practice on Thursday and Saturday morning, only to fall 0.043 seconds short of Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s time in the final stage of qualifying.
Vettel’s primary F1 drivers’ title rival, Lewis Hamilton, finished a lowly 14th in qualifying, giving the German a golden opportunity to extend his points lead on Sunday.
However, Vettel was more interested in Ferrari’s team result as it secured its second front-row lock-out in the space of three races, even if his own push for more lap time ended up backfiring.
“I don’t really care about [Hamilton’s result]. I think we are both fighting for the best spot for tomorrow,” Vettel said.
“Well done to Kimi, I think he had a better end obviously. I think the car was fine. It was really nice to drive.
“I think I probably pushed a little bit too hard on the first lap in Q3. Went wide in Turn 5. Second attempt again, went a little bit deep, so the second sector, I was probably a bit too greedy, wanted a bit too much and lost a little bit the car.
“I’m sure if you ask anyone after qualy, we all have the feeling that there’s always more. Bottom line: it’s a great result for the team.
“Not as happy as I could have been but, as I said, well done to Kimi.”
The Monaco Grand Prix is live on NBC from 7:30am ET on Sunday, with F1 Countdown starting on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET.