Vettel eyeing scrap with Ferrari

By on Saturday, September 6, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel believes that Red Bull can fight with Ferrari and McLaren during the Italian Grand Prix, although he admits that Williams and Mercedes will be too fast for the defending champions.

Vettel, a three-time winner at Monza, was the fastest Renault-powered car during qualifying at Monza and will start the race from eighth position.

"I think realistically anything from fifth to 10th was maybe possible, but it was very close," he said.

"It’s a shame when you miss a couple of positions by just a few tenths or so, but we knew it would be like that going into today. When the gaps are close you always think you could have gone quicker, but that was probably it in terms of what we could do today.

"We should be quicker than McLaren tomorrow, I’d say we’ll be about the same as Ferrari, while Williams and Mercedes will likely be a bit too quick for us, but we’ll look after ourselves and see what happens in the race."

Daniel Ricciardo admitted that he was disappointed after qualifying in ninth place.

"Even though we expected a tricky qualifying, I’m still disappointed," he said. "Ninth is not something to get really excited about. Seb’s in front, but he’s only in eighth as well and as a team we would have loved to have been a bit closer to the top five.

"We knew we wouldn’t challenge for the front two rows, but we thought that maybe sixth could be possible. Fingers crossed we’ve got better race pace tomorrow and we’ll try and do something with that."

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