Sebastian Vettel posted the worst qualifying effort at the Italian Grand Prix since Ferrari’s debut run at Monza in 1984, when the brand’s first, and only, F1 machine scored 14th place out of 21 teams.
At 194.9 seconds, Vettel was 3.5 seconds slower than nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel drives for Red Bull, which has shown impressive speed throughout the F1 season, often topping the timesheet in qualifying. Raikkonen drives for Ferrari, which is struggling to keep up with rivals Mercedes, dominant the last two seasons.
Jenson Button posted the quickest qualifying lap in F1 last weekend in Abu Dhabi, and said that Sunday’s practice time would be crucial to sealing a spot in Sunday’s race.
“Some quick laps in the run-off will be essential for me if I want to be the first driver out on the track on Sunday afternoon. You can never underestimate what a big psychological boost that is for the team at a race like this and I’ll be working flat out through the day to make it happen.”
Ferrari has been racing for the past 29 years but has struggled to hold onto its previous dominance since that time. The team failed to score a point in three of its four races last season, and came in 21st in the constructor standings for the third year in a row.