Sebastian Vettel says that Ferrari will try everything to beat Mercedes at the Japanese Grand Prix, though is wary that Williams and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will provide a threat.
Vettel dominated a week ago in Singapore to collect pole position and victory but Mercedes returned to top spot in Japan, leaving Vettel fourth on the grid, one place behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas.
"It was a tricky session for myself," he admitted. "I didn’t really get going at the beginning, I couldn’t feel the car so I struggled a bit to find the right balance.
"On my second run on the medium tyres in Q3, there was a big improvement as compared to the lap I had done in Q2, as if the car had become alive.
"In the end we can be reasonably happy, I had a decent lap and I was a lot happier than previously; having scored a lap time which is competitive.
"Third place on the grid would have been the maximum today, but I missed this by one position.
"Mercedes is back to their usual level of competitiveness, as we have seen – unfortunately – all year. They will be the ones to beat tomorrow, but for sure we will try everything we can, even if we may expect stronger competition from Red Bull and Williams."