Sebastian Vettel was in a philosophical mood despite qualifying outside the top ten of an F1 race for the Russian Grand Prix, the German suggesting the characteristics of the Sochi Autodrom circuit doesn't suit the Red Bull RB10.

Having anticipated a tough weekend after Friday practice, Vettel appeared to have made a breakthrough in FP3, but come qualifying he would struggle to mount a challenge beyond Q2.

Eventually falling short with 11th place, Vettel says the straights and the particular corners of the Russian track weren't well suited to the 'aggressive' set-up on his car, while he was also frustrated to find his tyres didn't improve like his rivals.

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"We made a big step forward this morning but I was not able to take that into qualifying. I think we knew it would be difficult for us here with the number of straights and also the corners, especially sector two and three.

"Both runs I had are very different as you stay out for quite a while because the tyres are improving, but it wasn't the case for me, so it was getting more difficult as the run went on and the pace was not there.

"I think we were just a bit too aggressive and I was struggling with the rear, so I wasn't able to carry the speed I wanted to into the corners. We do suffer down the straights, so not the best compromise around the lap."

Vettel's result was compounded by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo qualifying ahead of him in seventh, while both sister Scuderia Toro Rosso cars also reached the Q3 phase.