Sebastian Vettel believed that pole position was within Ferrari’s reach in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday before ultimately finishing third behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari arrived in Montreal hopeful of a step up in performance thanks to a raft of updates including a new turbo on its power unit.
Vettel topped the final practice session before finishing within two-tenths of a second of Hamilton’s pole position time, qualifying third on the grid.
“I think going into qualifying I thought [pole] was possible,” Vettel admitted.
“You always feel there is a little bit more. On my last lap I was very happy with the lap in general. I was maybe a bit greedy out of Turn 10, not greedy enough into Turn 6. There wasn’t an awful lot to grab.
“Otherwise, very happy. I wanted to get below the 1:13 mark because then I knew it would be very close with the Mercedes. I did that, but just by one-hundredth, so a little bit was missing.”
Vettel is pleased with the step that Ferrari’s updates have offered, and is hopeful of getting in the mix with the two Mercedes drivers at the front on Sunday.
“Overall I think we have a great car, we did a step,” Vettel said.
“I feel in general very comfortable and enjoyed qualifying a lot. Brushed the Wall of Champions, so done that, don’t have to do that tomorrow! We should be all set.”
The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1pm ET on Sunday.