Vettel pleased with 'best' qualifying outcome
23 August 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has admitted that a place on the second row was the best he could achieve during Belgian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Red Bull driver bounced back from a troubled opening day to secure third in Saturday's grid-deciding session, albeit more than two seconds adrift of pace-setting Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
"It would be nice to be further up but the gap was quite big, [so it was the] best we could do today," explained the reigning World Champion
Vettel added that a gamble to save an extra set of Intermediate tyres for Q3 was crucial to his final result, however close it was to backfiring.
"Q2 was tight as we stayed out on same set of tyres," he said. "It started to rain and we wanted to save that extra set for Q3. But we got the lap in the end, so in Q3 we could use both sets. It was very tight behind Mercedes."
Vettel feels it will be impossible to take the fight to Mercedes in the race, given its sizeable advantage.
"We know that we are down on power; Mercedes can run more wing level and they have a lot of downforce," Vettel commented. "If we do that we are similar in the corners but a long way off along the straights."
Vettel and fifth-placed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo are separated by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.