Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari “expected a bit more” than fourth place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix as Red Bull moved to within a point of the Italian marque in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship.
Vettel claimed his second race win for Ferrari in Hungary last year, but was left to settle for P4 this time around after failing to pass Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for third in the closing stages.
The result extended Ferrari’s winless run in 2016, and allowed Red Bull to pull up just a point behind in the constructors’ championship.
When asked by NBCSN if Ferrari now how to admit it was in a battle for second, Vettel said: “We never denied it! We have to fight Red Bull.
“Our target is always to fight for P1 but Mercedes is strong. It’s not big news. We try everything. So is Red Bull.
“I think we had a good package today. We expected a bit more. But we’re up against it trying to improve it. We have the best pace right behind it.
“We need to get better Saturdays to have a chance on Sundays.”
Vettel was left fuming over the radio on multiple occasions during the race on Sunday after getting stuck behind lapped cars, calling for blue flags to be respected.
“I calmed down. I don’t think they showed the bit where I said please wave a blue flag,” Vettel said after a couple of his messages were broadcast, albeit censored.
“Obviously you get the impression you lose more than others. Lapped cars are usually doing a good job.
“Mirrors aren’t that big. It’s not like a 75 inch 4K resolution mirror you’re looking into. And we’re quite a bit faster in three to four corners.
“I know that I got pretty loud in the car but I’m not going to criticize anyone.”