Max Verstappen: "P5 was the best we could aim for"

Max Verstappen:

"We came out last, and I knew we could recover because the vehicle is quick, so we were much quicker than the cars ahead, but you have to fight your way through the field, which is a lot of work, not easy, the tires are also suffering at that point", Vettel said.

The Red Bull Racing ace knew coming into the weekend that the pace of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari team would be hard to match, and for the Dutchman, ending 0.944 seconds off the pole time confirmed his predictions. He ran over my front wing. "I think our race pace looks ok for tomorrow, if we can keep fifth that is the first goal, then we can see what happens in front of us." .

Vettel regretted that he and the team did not realise the extent of the front wing damage right away and missed the chance to change it under the safety vehicle for Carlos Sainz Jr and Felipe Massa's crash.

"I have had a lot of disappointments recently, I guess that's racing but sometimes you get exhausted of it".

Vettel was forced to pit for a new wing, which dropped him down to 18th place.

"I think [a podium] was there but we lost a bit too much time fighting through the Force Indias". "Or third, if things turned out a little bit less for me".

"And right now, as you may have read, there will be nothing more [in 2017]".

"I just committed halfway down the straight and said 'I go down the inside no matter what, '" Vettel recalled.

Verstappen's pace was competitive during his short race as he kept the gap to leader Lewis Hamilton under two seconds before his engine gave way on Lap 11.

All in all, after the frustrating start to the race, Vettel said he could not be totally displeased with the ultimate outcome for him.

"The tires also suffer, so I don't know".

"I mean, the target going into the race, or the imagination I guess, was a different one", he said.

Asked if he felt Verstappen had been over-optimistic, Vettel replied: "I haven't seen from his point of view, but obviously I wasn't expecting it".

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