Sebastian Vettel insists he isn't out of the fight for victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix despite failing to make it past the first phase of qualifying at Interlagos.

The Red Bull ace was clearly angered by his failure to make it past Q1 in wet conditions at the Sao Paolo as he was only able to set the 16th quickest time - denting his hopes of remaining in contention for the F1 drivers' title.

Admitting he had no option but to accept what had happened, Vettel insisted he could still win from the rear of the field as others had done before, having done everything he could during the session.

"Angry," he told the official F1 website when asked how he felt. "When the track was at its best, there was too much traffic and when the traffic improved, there was too much water again on the track. I came here to qualify much higher, but that's life.

"For sure it would be much nice to start from the front, but that's not the case so I have to accept it. There have been other people before who have won from those kind of grid positions - its just much harder.

"I risked all I could. At some points I was swimming more than I was racing. I've earned my swimming badge today and some situations were very critical."