Vettel motivated by Mercedes domination

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel says that Mercedes's current domination spurs him on to displace the championship leaders.

Lewis Hamilton led Nico Rosberg home in Spain to complete a fifth successive victory for Mercedes, while reigning champion Vettel recovered from 15th on the grid to finish in fourth place.

"All in all I think that was the best that we could do today; the start was not so great and I lost a place, but then I was able to get it back towards the end of the lap; it’s always tricky when you are further back," he said.

"It was a very busy first lap. I was then sort of stuck in the train, so I couldn't really feel how far we could go today and how quick we were, but once we came in I was on the harder tyre and was able to stick with the people in front and even catch them a little bit.

"I think we realised that the pace was there and after that we had two fresh sets of tyres from yesterday, so we could go even further up the road! I enjoyed it a lot and I think fourth was the best we could do today.

"Daniel [Ricciardo] drove a good race today and I think, from a team point of view, third and fourth is what we could get today. Mercedes is very strong – they have a phenomenal engine, two very good drivers, a very good car, and a very good team, they're doing a good job so it would be wrong to complain and moan about how dominant they are - they worked better than everyone else in the winter and deserve to be in that position.

"Hopefully, from our point of view, rather sooner than later we'll give them a hard time – that’s our motivation. I hope that in time we can catch up, and as I said start giving them a run for their money."


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