Although Ferrari appeared to have the strongest vehicle in the dry it failed to convert that potential on Saturday afternoon and Vettel will line up fourth, behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
"You can plan it as much as you want, but things will go quickly and obviously we will try to make the right decisions on the tires when it comes and hopefully make a good getaway and see what we can do".
Ahead of the 12th race of the 21-race 2018 Formula 1 season and the final race before the summer break, the Hungarian Grand Prix, four-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport made a claim about rival team Scuderia Ferrari.
"I don't think there was an terrible lot missing", Vettel insisted. I think it was hard in the wet and you know, hard to squeeze everything out of the vehicle. Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas managed to improve to lock out the front row of the grid for Mercedes, but Raikkonen said his lap was ruined by traffic.
Earlier, the third and final practice was held in warm and sunny conditions, but by the time qualifying started there was rain, thunder, and even some lightning.
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"I was unlucky with the last run".
"It looks like in the wet conditions we aren't as confident as we are in the dry", said the German, whose team are mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne with flags flown at half mast. "In the dry we were in control". We will see what we can do in the race.
"I mean it is not easy and it is better if you start first but we are starting from fourth so we are focusing on winning from fourth". "But I think the weather was the most important thing". "We changed the tyres and there was a lot of grip but we got behind the Haas".
"There was definitely a chance I could have put it on pole in these conditions", said Raikkonen, who has had eight podium finishes at the Hungaroring.
"We're going to do our best to work as a team [during the race] and keep the red guys behind us".