Car not to blame for poor Q - Vettel
Sebastien Vettel doesn't regret using a different car to team-mate Mark Webber, despite qualifying a disappointing 11th in China.
The German's poor performance ahead of Sunday's race is the latest setback in what has been a poor start to the 2012 season for the defending Drivers' Champion.
Vettel had hoped to reverse his fortunes following poor finishes in the first two races by driving a car with a different aerodynamic shape to the one that he felt was partly responsible for the slow start to the season.
But the decision appeared to backfire as he failed to progress beyond the second qualifying session in Beijing.
"I don't want to blame the result on car packaging," the two-time champion insisted to reporters.
"It doesn't feel right now to sit here and blame the car, as I was happy with the lap. It was not the best of my life, but it was pretty good. Overall, it is a long lap and we are not missing an awful lot."
Vettel's Red Bull team-mate qualified in sixth, while fellow countryman Nico Rosberg will line up at the front of the grid after grabbing the first pole of his career.