Vettel in less than fine fettle over qualifying

Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:06pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One bosses would get it wrong even if they were selling ice cream and everybody wanted one flavor, Sebastian Vettel said on Thursday as the sport's qualifying format drew further criticism.

The Ferrari driver told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix he was "as disappointed as probably anyone I know" the new system was not changed after failing on its debut in Australia on March 20.

"Put it this way, if you sell vanilla ice cream but everybody who comes to your shop is asking for chocolate ice cream," explained four-times world champion Vettel.

"The next day you open you expect to sell chocolate ice cream but instead you just sell vanilla again.

"Usually you do what your clients would like you to do but you are not really doing the job if you do the exact opposite. It's something we can't be proud of," added the German.

Team bosses and commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone agreed after qualifying in Melbourne the elimination format had not worked and needed to be changed before Bahrain.

Instead of an exciting battle for pole position in the third and final phase, there were no cars on the track in the closing minutes in Australia as drivers sat in their garages and watched the clock tick down.


Formula One -  Australia Grand Prix - Melbourne, Australia - 20/03/16 -  Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel during the press conference following the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.   REUTERS/Brandon Malone