Sebastian Vettel admits he’s not really looking forward to qualifying at Austin on Saturday as he won’t be able to “go out and smash it”.
Red Bull have confirmed that they have changed the entire power unit on Vettel’s RB10 ahead of the US Grand Prix, which resulted in an automatic start from the pitlane.
There was initially talk that the four-time World Champion could skip qualifying altogether, but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted the German will do a couple of laps on Saturday.
Vettel, though, had an unhappy man on Friday as he was bottom of the timesheets with a 1:43.980, more than five seconds slower than pacesetter Lewis Hamilton’s time, in FP2 as he didn’t want to put too much strain on his new engine.
“Well, the rules are the same for all of us no matter where you finished the year before, so you have to obey them,” he told ESPNF1. “It’s not great knowing you can’t go out and smash it in qualifying.
“Difficult for us but we knew it from the start so we focused solely on race preparation and hopefully we have a good comeback from the pit lane on Sunday.”