Sebastian Vettel on Max Verstappen collision: He's not young anymore

Mercedes head to head

Sebastian Vettel pumped in a stunning late lap to snatch pole position from team mate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari dominated Chinese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

"I'm not quite sure (how I see the championship situation) to be honest".

The result was a remarkable turnaround from Friday practice where Mercedes had held a slight edge in one-lap pace and a significant advantage in long-run pace.

Along with the race stewards - who handed the Dutchman a 10s time penalty for his clash with Sebastian Vettel, which subsequently saw him demoted from fourth to fifth - Marko lays the blame entirely at the youngster's door.

On lap 43, Verstappen attempted to pass Vettel at the Turn 14 hairpin and misjudged the attempt, making contact with the four-time world champion and putting them both into a spin on the exit of the corner, forcing Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen to take avoiding action.

Ricciardo had been running fifth mid-race when the safety vehicle was brought out to clear up debris following a clash between the Toro Rosso drivers Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley. "I think if we do our homework, if we get the vehicle balance right and we get everything together, then it should be a good weekend - I don't see why not".

The two Red Bulls were best of the rest in fifth and sixth.




"I had no intention to withstand that there wasn't any objective doing so as nicely because it had been clear using Daniel". He wasn't there, so then you stay in front.

"He came straight after. I think it's a tyre issue".

Both lost positions but while Vettel was biggest loser on paper, Marko reckons Verstappen cost himself a shot at the victroy. I think it was all fair. The start will be an opportunity, and the strategy, too, but the vehicle felt like night and day. People were asking if it was a question of age, but it's not.

"I was expecting him to come earlier".

"It's very odd. You go to Bahrain where it's very hot and we would expect Ferrari to be strong, but they are even stronger than we expected". Again, this can happen to you when you've done 300 races. I told him as well that this is the way to solve it: face to face and not - excuse me - through you [media] or blowing something up.

The safety vehicle was triggered on lap 30 by a coming together of Torro Rossa drivers Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly, who tangled when Gasly had a go at his team-mate into the hairpin, the resultant contact leaving debris strewn across the track.

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