Vettel completed the Q3 session in 10th place, having at instances throughout qualifying proven the potential to be even increased on the grid.
It was the primary time in 2021 that Vettel has outqualified team-mate Lance Stroll – the Canadian, who was working a brand new aerodynamic bundle, did not make it out of Q1 in 17th place.
The Portuguese session additionally marked the primary time Vettel had made into Q3 because the British Grand Prix final yr with Ferrari, a spell of 16 races.
Though he was as excessive as eighth in Q1, Vettel confused that he and the workforce needs to be glad with 10th as there are clear indicators that they’re making progress collectively.
“I used to be not completely pleased with the ultimate lap, I feel the situations have modified a bit,” he stated when requested by Autosport about his efficiency.
“Perhaps the lap on the used set did not assist maintain to the rhythm up. However total, it was for positive higher.
“In qualifying, you shouldn’t take into consideration your lap, it is best to simply execute.
“It felt a bit extra like that. However nonetheless, I feel there’s extra from my facet that I’ve to enhance.
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
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“Ultimately, you do not get many laps in qualifying trim, with the engine turned up, with new tyres, gentle on gasoline, so it is solely like a handful of laps each weekend.
“Nevertheless it positively appeared to assist me to know what the automobile wants, or the place I have to put the automobile to be quicker. So at the moment was a bit of bit higher in that regard. However nonetheless not the best outcome, we wish each automobiles in Q3 and additional up.
“However we can’t be too grasping at this stage. We all know that there is a lot we have to work on. On my facet, when it comes to qualifying, it was a bit higher.”
Vettel acknowledged that he felt extra snug with the automobile than he had in earlier races.
“Regardless of the tough situations, in all probability sure,” he stated, when requested about him feeling happier.
“Issues began to click on a bit of bit greater than they did beforehand, which is nice. However at the moment was a really tough day, the automobile is far and wide.
“However as I stated, total, a bit higher. I used to be a bit happier with my driving.”