Vettel made it through to Q3, Saturday during qualifying, but could not set a time in the final session because of transmission issues. He was therefore placed 10th on the grid.
But his team then had to change the gearbox of his RB10, meaning the German was hit with a 5-place grid penalty.
|Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing (Photo: WRi2)|
"I left the garage for Q3 and lost drive in second gear," he said.
"I still had third gear and above so we thought we could do the lap with that, but by Turn 1 I had lost all the other gears, so we couldn’t continue.
"I think I could have had a go for P3 today, but we didn’t get that far. I’m of course quite disappointed."