Vettel: ‘Gap to Mercedes more than expected’

Date published: April 15 2017

Sebastian Vettel has conceded he was a little surprised by Mercedes' pace in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The joint-World Championship leader was forced to settle for P3 on the grid for Sunday's race after finishing four tenths behind the Mercedes duo.

"Overall I was very happy with how qualifying went and how the car felt," Vettel said.

We had a few issues yesterday and we tweaked the balance in the right direction.

"I was very happy with my first lap but saw both of them were ahead.

"When I saw the time I was a bit down as four tenths was more than I expected.

"The next lap I tried a bit too hard everywhere as I had nothing to lose but it didn't work. Hopefully we can do a bit more tomorrow."