Sebastian Vettel insists his crash in final practice had no impact on his performance in qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The German was forced to sit out most of FP3 after a lock-up into Sainte Devote saw him collide with the barriers, causing damage to the left-front of his Ferrari.
Although his car was repaired in time for qualifying, Vettel only scrapped out of Q1 with a last-ditch lap that ironically knocked out his team-mate Charles Leclerc.
The four-time champion brushed the armco at the Swimming Pool before sealing his place in the second segment but later clipped the wall at Tabac on his final run in Q3.
Vettel put together a lap only good enough for fourth, behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but he refused to link his earlier crash with his qualifying struggles.
“I think this morning has nothing to do with that [qualifying],” Vettel said. “So, I don’t want to shift the blame.
“In the afternoon, certainly the first two laps you need to sort of rebuild and get into the rhythm, but then again I’ve been many times around here so that’s not a problem.
“We struggled to get the tyres to work and then you just don’t get the feel that you want. You need especially the front tyres for us didn’t work today.
“We need to dig deeper. We are already trying to understand as much as we can. Sometimes it works.
“This morning Charles was quite happy and the few laps I had as well but this afternoon wasn’t quite like that. For now, it is what it is. We need to accept it even if we don’t want to. But we go from there.”