Sebastian Vettel quarrels with Aus in Q1

For the sixth time in the 2022 Formula 1 season, Sebastian Vettel retired in the first part of qualifying.

In qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring near Budapest, Vettel in the Aston Martin AMR22 was just 0.033 seconds short of progress. But as it was, he dropped out on the spot in 18th place and is only in the penultimate row of the starting grid.

His final lap was actually “okay”, says Vettel in a first reaction to “Sky”. But maybe his team didn’t get the tire management right. Because Vettel says he only had one cooling lap. “And then the tires were a bit too hot.” In other words, his Pirelli tires probably didn’t perform optimally at the crucial moment.

He has nothing to blame himself for, says Vettel: “Of course there’s always a little more, but there weren’t any major mistakes. And it’s a bit of a shame that we just didn’t have the pace after yesterday.”

Sebastian Vettel still in the top 10 on Friday

In Friday practice, which, like qualifying, was also held on a dry track, Vettel surprisingly finished in P7 in the Aston Martin, only eight tenths down on the leaders. With a time of 1:19:273 minutes, he tied in with this performance on Saturday, but was nine tenths behind and fell out on the spot.

“The car was different than yesterday and I might have found it a bit difficult to get the maximum out of it right away,” says Vettel, who had an emotional rollercoaster ride on Saturday: After a departure on a wet track in the third free practice session, he had a hand in it himself his AMR22 to ensure his participation in qualifying.

“I don’t know if that made a difference”

“I don’t know if that made a difference,” says Vettel. “But instead of just kind of sitting around, I figured there’s something I can do to help pick something up or push something out of the way or hold something.”

That it was only enough for a handful of laps in qualifying and 18th on the grid, that’s a shame, says Vettel. “I would have liked to give back more today.”

At the beginning of the race weekend in Hungary, Vettel announced his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season.

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