Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel thinks he got the best result possible in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after coming through the field to claim fourth.

Vettel had to start down in 15th at the Yas Marina Circuit after a misjudgement on Saturday saw him eliminated in the opening part of qualifying.

Despite that though, he fought his way back, making a late first stop on lap 23, before stopping for a second and final time on lap 39. He then passed former Red Bull team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo and Force India's Sergio Perez and finished 24.3s adrift of Kimi Raikkonen, in the sister Ferrari.

"Obviously at the end we had the supersoft tyre [on] and a big advantage to clear the traffic," Vettel said.

"I think it is the best possible result. Ideally I would love to have been closer [to Kimi and the Mercedes drivers], but that is natural, you always want to be closer to the car in front, it is never nice [to be behind]," he continued.

"We have had a lot of races this year where we have finished 30 or 40 seconds behind Mercedes. It is a great feeling to finish on the podium but it is also not so nice to finish a long way behind the car in front.

"Considering where we started it was a great race."

Meanwhile, Vettel added that he was lucky at the start not to sustain damage when Fernando Alonso took out Pastor Maldonado at the first corner.

"I didn't just see it, I felt it as well," added Vettel, who managed to take avoiding action. "I think Fernando touched me as well.

"I was quite lucky that there was no damage to the car. I don't know what happened to him, but obviously it was a shame for Pastor because he was just pushed out."