Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel has said he is optimistic about his chances of “fighting for good points” in the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix.
Despite being knocked out in Q2, the German will start the race in P9, due to a number of drivers taking engine penalties.
Speaking after qualifying, Vettel described his performance as a “decent effort” and said he believes he has a chance of scoring points on Sunday.
“It was a decent effort. We tried to make it to Q3 on the medium and I had two runs in Q2: my first was not very strong, and I think a tear-off stuck on the rear wing cost us some performance, but the second run was much better,” he explained.
“I think we will start from ninth, but let’s see how the grid looks when all the penalties are applied. That should give us a good platform to have a strong race.
“We have shown good pace on the long runs this weekend, so I think we can be up there fighting for good points.
“We also have free choice on tyres [as a result of not progressing to Q3], so we will go away and look over the data to work out the best strategy,” Vettel added.