Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel declared himself happy with his RB8 today after taking second place in the Belgian Grand Prix.
The German struggled in qualifying on Saturday, and despite a 's**t start', as he described it post-race, he fought his way back through the field and made a one-stop strategy pay off, as he comfortably finished second - more than 10 seconds up on Kimi Raikkonen, who took third.
The result boosts his hopes of taking his third world title in a row, and with current championship leader Fernando Alonso failing to score after getting caught up in the carnage at the first corner, Vettel cuts the gap to the Spaniard from 40 points to 24.
“I'm happy with that today. Qualifying wasn't as we planned it to be yesterday, but today the car seemed to be back to as we know it,” Vettel said. “The start was poor; I think I was the only one not to gain positions through the first corners, so we had to fight our way back, which wasn't easy, but I enjoyed it a lot.
“The strategy worked perfectly for us and we had the pace, which was the best thing about today. The car worked well and we didn't struggle.”
Vettel is now looking forward to heading to Italy: “We've got a lot of back to backs this season and I'm looking forward to Monza later this week,” he added. “We had a great race there last year - it's always a great atmosphere and we'll be pushing hard.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner was delighted to see his man bounce back from his woes in qualifying to finish in P2.
“A great recovery – we had strong race pace. We didn't plan a one stop, but we managed to make it work well with Sebastian once we got around the half way mark.
"His overtaking was excellent and our guys even went wheel to wheel on occasion, which was good and fair. To go from tenth to second was a great recovery," Horner concluded.