Vettel: Gap to Mercedes is 'very big'

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has accepted that Ferrari's deficit to Mercedes is "very big," but he remains confident that the outfit can enjoy a profitable race at the European Grand Prix.

Vettel was fourth quickest during qualifying at the Baku City Circuit - setting an identical time to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - but will start from third following a penalty for Force India's Sergio Perez.

Vettel battled with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton for honours in Canada, ultimately placing second, and reckons Ferrari can perform well, despite trailing Nico Rosberg by 1.2s across one lap.

"We are happy but not entirely because the gap with Mercedes is very big, but it will be a long race with plenty of opportunities, I guess," he said.

"If I started fourth tomorrow I would be more angry. So, I think it is fine this way and that we started on the clean side.

"I think it's likely to make quite a big difference on a new track. Maybe I am wrong, but usually we have good starts. I've had a good feeling already this weekend, so we'll see.

"It's going to be a long race. We have to stay focused all through the race, it will be tough. I think it is possible to overtake, there is a very long straight.

"We will see tomorrow how much easy or difficult it will be, but in general I think it is possible."

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