Red Bull still struggling for F1 pace
The German said he was pleased to finish fifth in Shanghai, after the indignity of starting a lowly 11th on the grid when he failed to make the third session of qualifying on Saturday.
Team-mate Mark Webber, who is on a different car set-up from Vettel that appears to make him quicker, said his fourth place was “not too bad”.
“It wasn’t the maximum, but it’s very tight between the teams at the front,” the Australian said.
“For me it’s three fourths on the bounce now.
“It’s good points and we leave here reasonably satisfied, but we need to keep boxing and keep improving.”
Vettel’s bad weekend
- which was a stark contrast to last year’s domination - reached another low when he made a rotten start to the race, falling to 15th, before slowly making his way through the unfamiliar territory of midfield.
“We got some good points and it was a good recovery from 15th,” the 24-year-old said after seeing Nico Rosberg, in a Mercedes, win his first grand prix.
“Mercedes won pretty comfortably today, so well done to them. We were generally too slow on the straights, and we’re losing time there, it made it difficult to pass other people.
“But overall, I’m pretty happy with fifth given the poor first lap. I missed out on the start, I wasn’t entirely happy finding the revs and I lost the initial bit when the lights went off.”
16 Apr 10:00 AM