Vettel targets Red Bull and admits Mercedes are too quick

Date published: November 12 2016

Splitting the two Red Bulls at Saturday’s qualifying session, Sebastian Vettel will start P5 at tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix and is expecting an intense battle.

While his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen qualified P3, Vettel was disappointed not to join him on the second row as he felt it was possible given their similar pace to the Austrian-based outfit.

The quadruple World Champion also added that Mercedes are far too quick for them on the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

“Today was a good day I think although I’m obviously not entirely happy, as the second row was there for both of us I think,” explained the Scuderia ace.

“Kimi did a very good job today and nailed it when it mattered. There have been a couple of qualifying sessions where I didn’t deliver my best, so you have to be fair.

“I was very happy with the first run, the second run was probably a bit too shy and too aggressive at the wrong point.

“All in all, I think it was a lot better on one lap today than it was yesterday, and on the long runs

“We can show what the car can do and for tomorrow I think we usually find more consistency and pace, so I am confident we can have a real battle for the podium.

“Our main opponent will be Red Bull, Mercedes seems a bit too quick… maybe there will be some rain, we need to be sharp and make the right calls. We should have a good race tomorrow.”