“Always, I think every race is an opportunity,” he said. “I think it was a decent day, I’m not entirely clear where we are, we didn’t have much running, in the afternoon in particular. But overall, we should be OK.”
Regarding the spin, he said: “We had an issue with the brake distribution [balance]. It caught me by surprise. It didn’t matter too much, we lost a couple of minutes, it didn’t make a big difference.”
Vettel says there’s no point fretting about his grid penalty.
“It is what it is. It’s obviously never great if you get plus five. Now we know, so we don’t need to worry any more.”
Meanwhile, he didn’t join the chorus of complaints about the revised curbs, which was led by Max Verstappen: “Maybe they need to build stronger front wings and they would stop complaining! I don’t know, I haven’t been on them, I haven’t experienced how harsh they are.”