Sebastian Vettel claims that he "chickened out" on the brakes on his final lap in qualifying. the German had provisional pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix before being displaced by Valtteri Bottas, who beat him to glory by less than half a tenth.
Vettel will line-up in P2 for Sunday's race and is hoping to take Ferrari's first win since the Hungarian Grand Prix last August. After the session, Vettel said his qualifying position was okay, but admitted that he would have loved to have taken his 51st career pole.
"It's alright. For tomorrow I think it's fine but I'd have loved to be ahead. I think I chickened out a little bit on the brakes for the final run into Turn 1 and lost a bit too much time. From there the lap was fine but I knew I had a bit left in the last corner which I got but by then I was too much behind.
"I was happy with my first lap. I think it was OK. Three hundredths you always think there's somewhere you can get that. Our long run looked good, especially to Valtteri, so let's see what happens," he added.
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing