Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel will seem earlier than Bahrain Grand Prix stewards on Sunday for allegedly failing to respect warning flags in qualifying for his first race with Aston Martin.
The summons for not respecting double-yellow flags at flip one capped a irritating day for the German, who had hoped for a powerful exhibiting after leaving Ferrari, however as a substitute certified 18th of the 20 drivers.
He had been earlier cleared, together with others, of ignoring single yellow flags waved at flip eight.
Vettel needed to sluggish when Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin spun his Haas, which meant the Aston Martin driver was unable to set a quicker lap and attain the second part of qualifying as anticipated.
The man who received his titles with Red Bull between 2010-13 had already endured a troublesome begin to the season with the fewest laps of anybody in testing.
“Certainly I think there was the potential to be a lot faster,” he informed Sky Sports tv.
“We just made it across the flag (to start a final flying lap) and then I had the issue with the yellow flags during the lap, so that made it a little bit impossible to come back, but it’s what it is.
“We would have hoped for a better start … for sure I’m upset and angry, it wasn’t our fault in a way not to make it through, but you have to take it.”
Vettel’s Canadian staff mate Lance Stroll certified tenth.
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