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Software glitch drops Vettel to unlucky 13th
A software glitch saw Sebastian Vettel qualify only 13th in Australia on a day when teammate Daniel Ricciardo earned second place.
A faulty sensor cost the German both power and driveability, and the only consolation is that he has gained a place from a penalty to Valtteri Bottas, and will thus start 12th.
“I think we have made a big step forward with the car, but of course I’m not happy that we didn’t make it to Q3,” he said. “I think the car is quick, but we struggled this afternoon with driveability which, in these conditions, made it even worse.
“It’s going to be a long race tomorrow and reliability will be the most important thing to make it to the flag, but I think there will be lots of opportunities for us.”
Team boss Christian Horner said: “It was unlucky for Seb. His engine software meant he was down on power with extremely poor drivability and we need to understand that, as it compromised his qualifying, but we’re really pleased for Dan. The car’s good – our weakness is on the straights and in the wet you can’t go so fast on the straights, so we’ve got to work on that. To start on the front row tomorrow is unexpected, it was a tremendous performance.”