After qualifying for tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix – on Red Bull’s home track – in 12th place, Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he was simply not quick enough to make it through to the top 10 shoot-out.
The German driver was eliminated in the second session and originally set the 13th fastest time, but he moves up one position due to the five-place grid penalty for Sergio Perez.
Despite the difficult result today, he is optimistic for the eighth round of the 2014 season.
“I think, no secrets, we qualified 12th, it has generally been quite tight but we were not quick enough to go amongst the fastest cars,” he said.
“For the race, obviously, we always hope it will be closer and we can make a step forward, in terms of looking after the tyres and getting the right strategy. It will be a difficult race but nevertheless are always optimistic and trying to move up.”
The four-time world champion is expecting a tricky race but believes he can move up the order: “On my side, I did the same lap twice so there wasn’t like there was a lot left.
“It is always bitter when you don’t get through to the next round but then again, but then again we need to go from where we are now. We get an extra set of tyres for tomorrow, so maybe that can help us to move up. I think generally, in terms of pace, it will be tricky but I think there is the chance to pass a couple of cars.”
Looking back at his qualifying performance, he added: “I don’t think there was one particular corner that was standing out; I think it was just a little bit of time here and there.”
Commenting on why he is struggling with the feel of the Renault-powered RB10, he explained: “I am still trying a lot of things to improve the feeling of the car but equally you have got to use what you have, so we try to optimise what we have at the same time.”
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