Sebastian Vettel felt disappointed not to have finished on the podium in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix despite charging from 18th on the grid to cross the line in fifth place.
Vettel was unable to make it out of Q1 on Saturday due to a lack of engine power and was then handed a grid penalty for passing Roberto Merhi under a red flag during FP3.
Starting 18th, the German driver made a good start to pass Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso on the super-soft tire, but became stuck behind Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa in their battle for 11th place.
Ferrari opted to pit Vettel to prevent him from losing any more time behind this battle, allowing him to find some clean air on the prime tire. Although he had to switch to a two-stop strategy, it worked in the German’s favor as he rose to fifth place by the end of the race.
Speaking to NBCSN after the checkered flag, Vettel admitted that although he was pleased with his aggressive charge through the field, he felt a podium finish was within Ferrari’s reach.
In fact, this raced marked the first race of the season that Ferrari did not finish on the podium, with Valtteri Bottas claiming Williams’ maiden top three finish of 2015.