Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix in fifth place, sandwiched between the two Red Bulls, and is expecting an intense battle.
While his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen managed to qualify in third, Vettel could not equal his performance and was disappointed not to join the Finn on the second row.
The quadruple World Champion also added that Mercedes are far too quick for them at the moment.
"Today was a good day I think although I'm obviously not entirely happy, as the second row was there for both of us I think," explained the Scuderia ace.
"Kimi did a very good job today and nailed it when it mattered. There have been a couple of qualifying sessions where I didn’t deliver my best, so you have to be fair.
"I was very happy with the first run, the second run was probably a bit too shy and too aggressive at the wrong point.
"All in all, I think it was a lot better on one lap today than it was yesterday, and on the long runs
"We can show what the car can do and for tomorrow I think we usually find more consistency and pace, so I am confident we can have a real battle for the podium.
"Our main opponent will be Red Bull, Mercedes seems a bit too quick… maybe there will be some rain, we need to be sharp and make the right calls. We should have a good race tomorrow."
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