Sebastian Vettel is expecting the Austrian Grand Prix to be "a difficult race" for Red Bull after failing to make Q3 in qualifying.

While team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was able to qualify fifth on the grid, Vettel struggled in Q2 and dropped out in 13th place, although he will start from 12th as a result of Sergio Perez's grid penalty. However, Vettel said it was just a case of the RB10 not being quick enough at the Red Bull Ring and he doesn't expect much difference in Sunday's race.

"We weren't quick enough to get amongst the fastest group of cars," Vettel said. "For the race we can only hope we'll be closer and make a step forward, but it will be a difficult race. But we can be optimistic and try to do well."

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And with Ricciardo outqualifying him so comfortably, Vettel admitted he didn't feel he had left much lap time on the table.

"First of all he did a good job, and on my side, basically I did the same lap twice. It was not as if there was a lot left. There is always the feeling when you cross the line you should have been a bit better here or there, arguably enough to get you through.

"It's always bitter when you don't get into the next round, but then again, from where we are now, we get an extra set of tyres and maybe that will help us. Generally, in terms of pace, it will be tricky, but there's a chance to pass a couple of cars."

And Vettel revealed one of his biggest issues at present was stemming from a lack of feeling under braking.

"I'm still trying a lot of things to improve the feeling of the car, but equally at the same time you have to try to optimise what you have. With a different car you've different tools to play with, and I've not had much running, we've had lots of issues. I feel we are on the right track, but it's taking time, although we are working hard to ensure it doesn't take much more time. We have been experimenting a lot, especially with brakes, you have to get the feel right on the corner entry."