Though pleased to qualify on the front row for the Hungarian Grand Prix for only the second time this season, defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel admits he is slightly disappointed with another substantial gap to pole winner Nico Rosberg in the dominant Mercedes.

With Red Bull enjoying a stronger weekend than of late in part because of the higher downforce, lower speed nature of the circuit diluting the advantage of the Mercedes-powered cars, Vettel was left with an ideal shot at the front row when Lewis Hamilton's dramatic exit from qualifying removed the prospect of entire Mercedes dominance.

However, though a brief shower at the start of Q3 set the scene for a more competitive battle for pole position, Rosberg was still able to turn in a remarkable lap time on a dry circuit, going half a second quicker than the competition.

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To his credit, Vettel would come out top of a battle with Valtteri Bottas for a spot on the front row, but while he was happy to be 'best of the rest', he admits the gap to the front is larger than he had hoped.

"The nature of the track suits us more this race and historically we have always had a competitive car around here so we are little bit closer. Nico's final lap was very good though so the gap is big - bigger than we were hoping for -, because we thought maybe if we get everything perfect and Nico has a wobble, we can have a crack, but it didn't happen and he did a good job."

With rain on the cards for the race tomorrow, Vettel is hoping a change in the weather will give him a shot at making the most of his strong starting position and, at worst, challenge Williams.

"We are here to fight. If it rains then we definitely have a better chance than in standard dry conditions, though we are still closer this weekend on pace. It was hard to judge how much people were sandbagging on Friday, so we should be closer than the last couple of races to fight with the Williams."