Vettel felt podium slipped through grasp

By on Monday, July 25, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari missed out on an opportunity to finish on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix as he collected fourth position.

Vettel started from fifth place but moved ahead of Max Verstappen at the first round of stops, before closing in on the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel finished within a second of Ricciardo but was left to rue missed chances as he fell further adrift in the championship battle.

"I was hoping for more," he said. "I had a good start, maybe too good, because the run into Turn 1 is very long, so I had to get out of the tow a bit too early.

"It was bit of a shame because I was stuck in fifth position from then onwards.

"Then I knew everything would have to go through strategy and pitstops and so we overcut Verstappen.

"We were much stronger at the end of the race, maybe a couple of tenths, but unfortunately not quick enough to pass.

"If I had been able to, I would have done more, but I tried everything until the end, we were on a good strategy, we had more pace at the end but as I said this is one of the most difficult tracks for overtaking."

Vettel is nonetheless adamant that Ferrari's deficit to Mercedes is not as large as it appears.

"With a better position in qualifying, I think we could have finished P3 without any problem," he said.

"We are not happy to finish fourth, because we have to win, we need to improve here and there, but I think the difference with Mercedes is not that big as it looks.

"They seem to be better managing their tyres and that makes for a big gap over a number of laps."

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