Sebastian Vettel says it was his fault he missed out on qualifying as 'best of the rest' behind the Mercedes' for the Australian Grand Prix, but was otherwise pleased to be making his Ferrari debut from the second row.

The German came into qualifying as the favourite to get closest to the dominant Mercedes', but would be pipped to third position by Felipe Massa in the Williams, leaving him fourth.

Indeed, Vettel - who set his fastest lap of the day in Q2 - feels he had a better performance in him that would have taken him to the front of the second row, but was otherwise satisfied to see both himself and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen inside the top five.

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"I was not entirely happy [with my lap] and Felipe nailed the lap, so I think it was in reach. The first shot I had on the new set ideally should have been quicker, but it wasn't, so that is down to me. With the second shot I think in terms of the strategy we could have done some things differently, but all-in-all it is good to have both cars inside the top five."

Looking ahead to the race, Vettel is pleased to see Ferrari has been able to translate its eye-catching pre-season pace into a similarly strong start to the season.

"Coming out of winter testing, as far as you read the times, everyone more or less predicted Mercedes to be in front, which proved right, then it would be very close between ourselves, Williams and Red Bull," he continued.

"Speaking of ourselves, we are very happy where we are right now, we confirmed that is very close with Williams if you look at the gaps, so we will see what we can do in the race. What is most important is we keep having a good weekend without any problems and have a smooth race tomorrow and ideally get that one position back."