Had Seb been offered 10th a week earlier he probably would have grabbed it, but in the end he was disappointed that he wasn’t a couple of places higher on Sunday’s grid.
“I was not entirely happy with the final lap, I think the conditions have changed a bit,” he said when Motor Sport put that suggestion to him.
“Maybe the lap on the used set [of tyres] didn’t help keep to the rhythm up. But overall, it was for sure better, and it starts to work a little bit better. In qualifying, you should not think about your lap, you should just execute. It felt a bit more like that.
“But still, I think there’s more from my side that I have to improve. In the end, you don’t get many laps in qualifying trim, with the engine turned up, with new tyres, light on fuel, so it’s only like a handful of laps every weekend.
“But definitely it seemed to help me to understand what the car needs, or where I need to put the car to be faster. So today was a little bit better in that regard. But still not the ideal result in terms of we want both cars in Q3 and further up.
“We know that there’s a lot we need to work on”
“But we cannot be too greedy at this stage. We know that there’s a lot we need to work on, for sure. On my side in terms of qualifying, it was a bit better.”
Vettel readily admitted that over the course of that qualifying session he felt more at one with the car than previously – it was starting to come together for him.
“Despite the difficult conditions, probably yes. As I said, things started to click a little bit more than they did previously, which is good. But for sure, today was a very difficult day, you know, the car is all over the place.
“And I think that’s for most of the people with the wind also changing. You can’t see it, it’s not like you see that there’s going to be a gust and you use it. And if it hits you from behind you lose the car. So, tricky. But as I said, overall, a bit better. I was a bit happier with my driving.”