Vettel: We know we are down on power

Sebastian Vettel hoping for a dry race at Spa

Sebastian Vettel hoping for a dry race at Spa

Sebastian Vettel blamed a lack of power from his Renault engine for the massive gap between his third placed Red Bull and the two Mercedes on the front row of the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion was 2.126 seconds adrift of pole-man Nico Rosberg and 1.898 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton.

“The reason we’re behind is fairly simple,” said Vettel. “We know we are down on power. Mercedes can run a bit more wing level, they have more down-force and can still take that wing on the straight – it’s the reason.”

“It was very tricky in the wet. We knew it would be even trickier obviously when qualifying is wet, qualifying was wet so we can confirm it was trickier. I think we are similar in the corners but quite a long way off on the straights and therefore vulnerable in the race.”

Sebastian Vettel will start the Belgian Grand Prix from third on the grid

Sebastian Vettel will start the Belgian Grand Prix from third on the grid

“So, I think that’s the reasoning behind it, and in the wet probably it hurt us a bit more, but hopefully tomorrow we’ll be closer in terms of race pace and closer to them than in the last couple of races,” predicted the reigning world champion.

After four years of dominance, 2014 has been a reality check for Vettel who has been dogged by problems, had to contend with an under performing power unit while watching his teammate Daniel Ricciardo grab the limelight and plaudits.

But the Red Bull driver is adamant he is giving it his very best, “I’m trying very hard so it’s not like I’m deciding consciously not to qualify on pole. Obviously these guys are doing a very good job from the drivers’ point of view, their team is very strong so that is what makes them very difficult to beat.”

“We’ve been on the other side for quite a while but that’s the name of the game. Obviously my season wasn’t the way I was hoping for but there are still some races to come,” added Vettel who won the Belgian Grand Prix last year. (GP247-AFP)