Sebastian Vettel has shrugged his poor display in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, saying Ferrari should have decent pace on race day.
The German started this weekend with high hopes after winning the Hungarian GP before the summer break and he was third fastest in the final practice session on Saturday morning.
He was right up there in the second qualifying run, but failed to get things together in Q3 and will now start Sunday's race in ninth position.
"It’s very simple: in Q2 we were third and it was very tight if you look at the lap times. In Q3 I was having the same pace, unfortunately I was not able to improve like others, also lost some time at the last corner, and that’s why we’re not in front," he said.
"But I don’t think there’s a reason to panic. For sure we’re not happy, I lost two or maybe three tenths, but tomorrow we should have a decent pace and pretty good straightline speed to turn things around.
"We have a good car and a strong package for the race. There’s a lot to be done tomorrow, it’s a long race, the starting and first turn will be interesting and there could be some rain at some point. There’s nothing wrong so we’re expecting a progress."