Sebastian Vettel admits third position was the maximum Ferrari could achieve at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Vettel jumped Lewis Hamilton for second off the start, but lost out to the reigning champion’s superior three-stop strategy, settling for third and the final spot on the podium.
Despite coming home some 45 seconds behind winner Nico Rosberg, Vettel does not believe Ferrari’s performance at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is representative of its true form.
“All in all, I think third is the best we could do for the pace we had,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong, it think it was just something coming together and maybe this is not the best week end for us in terms of competitiveness, but I believe it’s probably more down to conditions rather then something being wrong with the car.
“For some reasons we didn’t find the same rhythm of the last two events, but I’m sure that in a couple of races we’ll come back stronger.
“In terms of strategy, we went for two stops because we thought it would have been the best choice for the race: we have to be fair and accept the fact that Mercedes was the best team today.
“I think we’re going in the right direction. We know that there is a gap, but we’re fighting very hard to close it. Unfortunately we didn’t make a big step this race, but I’m pretty confident we’ll make it soon.”
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