Vettel: Red Bull still far from Mercedes

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull is still some way off of championship leaders Mercedes, despite briefly challenging for pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel edged ahead of Nico Rosberg during the closing moments of Q3 before the championship leader responded and claimed pole by almost half a second.

"After Q2 I thought if we got everything right then we might have been closer to the Mercedes at the end than we were," he said.

"Nico’s lap was very strong and it’s difficult to match them. But let’s see tomorrow, a lot of things can change if it rains and it may do tomorrow. We just have to focus on ourselves and, if we get a chance, try to make a pass, but the Mercedes is quite a bit quicker than us on the straights.

"The nature of the circuit here suits us more than it did in Germany, but we’re still quite far off the pace of the Mercedes."

Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will line up from fourth on the grid.

"The car feels pretty good this weekend," he said. "In Q1 and Q2 we were looking good, but when the rain came in Q3 we couldn’t get the temperature back in the tyres quick enough for one timed lap so I’m a bit disappointed not to be further up the grid.

"It would be good to be on the front row, but fourth isn’t a disaster. It’s hard to overtake around this circuit, so we need to aim to make as few stops tomorrow as possible."

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