Austin: Sebastian Vettel feels it will be "a shame" if he is unable to run in qualifying ahead of Sunday's United States Grand Prix but admits his hands are tied by the regulations.
It appears almost certain Red Bull will have to change the complete power unit on Vettel's car, which would incur a pit-lane start. Vettel, in particular, has suffered numerous technical issues this season in comparison to teammate Daniel Ricciardo, and now the four-times champion is poised to take one more blow.
"The situation is what it is. I'd love to change it, to qualify in the normal way and use every practice session to the maximum.It doesn't look that way, but I see the point and it would be a shame (not to take part in qualifying)," Vettel said yesterday.