Vettel: Red Bull still far off Mercedes
26 July 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull remains a long way off the pace of runaway championship leaders Mercedes, despite emerging as Nico Rosberg's biggest threat for pole position in Hungary.
The reigning World Champion briefly topped the timing screens during Saturday's final shootout at the Hungaroring, only for Rosberg to surge half a second clear after the chequered flag had dropped.
"After Q2 I thought if we got everything right then we might have been closer to the Mercedes at the end than we were. But Nico's lap was very strong and it's difficult to match them," said Vettel after qualifying.
"Let's see tomorrow, a lot of things can change if it rains. We just have to focus on ourselves and, if we get a chance, try to make a pass, even though the Mercedes is quite a bit quicker than us on the straights.
"The circuit suits us more than it did in Germany, but we're still quite far off the pace of the Mercedes."
Daniel Ricciardo says he should have challenged Vettel for a front row grid slot, but he had to settle for fourth after struggling to get temperature in his tyres after the rain shower at the beginning of the final phase.
"In Q1 and Q2 we were looking good, but when the rain came in Q3 we couldn't get the temperature back in the tyres quick enough for one timed lap so I'm a bit disappointed not to be further up the grid," he said.
"It would be good to be on the front row of the grid, but fourth isn't a disaster."