Vettel reckons pole position was possible
24 August 2013 – Sebastian Vettel believes he had enough pace in hand to secure pole for the Belgian Grand Prix, the German admitting that it was difficult to find the balance between posting a clean lap and pushing to the limit at the end of a rain-hit qualifying hour.
As the Spa-Francorchamps track continued to dry from a brief rain shower at the start of Q3, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton rose to the occasion with a time just under two tenths faster than Vettel, the latter confident he could have put up more of a fight.
"It wasn't clear if the first lap was the lap," said Vettel, referring to the conditions. "We all started on slicks which was quite entertaining, as it started to rain pretty heavily. On the Intermediates, it looked like more and more rain was coming, but it stopped and the circuit came back very quickly. The last lap turned out to be the fastest lap.
"It is difficult to know how fast you can go. I saw Lewis catching up and I started to think I could have been a bit quicker. In the end it was quite close; in these conditions anything can happen. It's a shame to miss pole again but I'm quite happy today."
Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who starts third, added: "It was difficult for all of us to make the calls. In the end we got most things right; it's easy to look stupid. It wasn't too bad a lap. It's quite tight so I'm happy to be right up there for tomorrow's race."