Vettel not dejected after missing pole
11 May 2013 – Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was left feeling relatively happy with his qualifying performance at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday, having claimed third on the grid after struggling to find a positive balance throughout practice.
Vettel, the pace-setter on Friday, will line-up alongside Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen, who currently poses the biggest threat to his bid for a fourth successive title.
"I’m quite happy to be honest," explained Vettel, who trailed Rosberg by three tenths of a second. "Yesterday and this morning I wasn’t really happy with the car, particularly in the third sector. But we managed to improve and have a smooth qualifying session."
The 25-year-old added: "We took a different approach to the majority, using Options only. We will have to wait and see if that helps tomorrow; it will be an interesting race and all about the tyres. We saw in the winter [testing] that we didn’t get very far.
"The improved conditions are now helping a little but it’s a tough challenge as the tyres don’t last as long as we all would like. We will see what we can do tomorrow."
In the sister Red Bull, Mark Webber could only set the eighth quickest time.