Sebastian Vettel feels beating the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was within his grasp but is still content with his third place start for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver had stormed to the front in the final free practice session to pile on the pressure to Mercedes but ultimately couldn't match his rivals when it turned up its engines in qualifying.
However, Vettel was less than two-tenths off pole-sitter Hamilton and feels he could have bridged the deficit with a flawless final flyer.
“Going into qualifying I thought it was possible,” Vettel said. “I think as a driver you always feel there is a little bit more and I think on the last lap I was very happy with the lap in general.
“I was maybe a bit greedy out of [turn] ten and maybe not greedy enough into turn 6, but there wasn't an awful lot to grab otherwise and as I say, very happy. I wanted to get below the 1m 13s mark because I knew it would then be very close with the Mercedes'. I did that, but just by one hundredth.”
Assessing his chances of taking the battle to Mercedes in the race while also fending off Red Bull, Vettel is optimistic of a first victory in 2016 and has already ticked off one goal from the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
“I brushed the Wall of Champions - done that, don't have to do that tomorrow,” he said. “So we should be all set. Overall I think we have a great car and did our best.
“I am happy with how the weekend has turned out [so far] and we did a step also overnight. I felt very comfortable and enjoyed qualifying a lot.”