• Monaco Grand Prix

Fourth 'not disastrous', says Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
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Vettel stayed out longer and briefly led © Press Association

Sebastian Vettel confessed himself reasonably happy with fourth at the Monaco Grand Prix despite starting on a different tyre strategy to team-mate and race winner Mark Webber.

Starting from ninth on the grid, Vettel made up five places to finish behind Fernando Alonso's Ferrari but could not find a way past to finish on the podium.

"Mark raced his race, I raced my race," said Vettel. "In the end we had opposite strategies, he started on the super soft and I started on the softs and then the other way around at the end so as I said obviously he was pushing his race I was pushing my race. For me it was important to use the couple of laps I was in the lead and we gained around seven or eight seconds so I can be quite happy with that but obviously in the end it's difficult to pass and gain some more places.

"I stayed out quite long in the first stint and longer than all the rest but we had some good laps so it wasn't disastrous but in the end obviously you can't judge because we couldn't show the speed that maybe was in the car."