Sebastian Vettel is hopeful that his race pace will be stronger than his one-lap speed, after qualifying in sixth place for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix.
He ended the final segment of qualifying behind countryman Nico Rosberg, the two Williams drivers and McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen.
Williams looks to have the second fastest car this weekend, but Vettel is optimistic that Red Bull will be more competitive in race trim.
“To be honest, I think Williams didn’t look as competitive yesterday until they made a big step forward today, which was a bit of a surprise,” he told media in the Hockenheimring paddock.
“But then again, the last couple of races they’ve been very strong so I think they will be very strong as well tomorrow. Generally, on race pace, I think we look a little bit better than in in the qualifying runs.”
He added: “I think it [qualifying] was generally better than this morning, so was fairly happy. In the last run, we just didn’t seem to be able to go with the track and didn’t get a smooth lap, and didn’t improve.”
The four-time was out-qualified once again by his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie finished one position higher than Vettel in Q3 and was pleased with the result.
“It wasn’t too bad today, we would like to be further forward than fifth, but the lap I did was pretty good,” he said. “I made quite an improvement in Q3 from Q2 so I can’t really argue with the lap I did, but as a team we are still a bit off.
“We know the Mercedes is strong, but the Williams was also continually showing their pace today and the McLaren with Kevin was good, so we have to keep working but we did what we could. I think the race will be close between the top eight tomorrow and it will be a battle for the final podium spot.”
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