Sebastian Vettel said he was very happy with his second place in the Monaco Grand Prix, despite being unable to challenge Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
The German finished in second position in a race dominated by Webber, who moved into the championship lead after taking his second win in a one week. Vettel conceded he did not have the pace to beat Webber today, but was still delighted with his points' haul. He is now tied in the standings with Webber.
"Especially in the beginning and the restarts, I wasn't able to keep up with him; there was a big difference," Vettel admitted. "Later on, when I felt the grip, he was too far off. There was no real point to make an effort to catch him, with overtaking him being so difficult.
"To be honest, I had to look more in my mirrors. Robert [Kubica] was pushing quite hard and it was quite difficult to get away from him at the restarts. I was going more sideways that straight, it was quite difficult. It was our optimum today and I am very happy. A lot of good points - and those count at the end of the year."
Vettel admitted the start was crucial to finishing in second after passing Kubica, who was starting from second.
"Initially I had quite a bad feeling as the revs dropped quite a lot, but I felt my start was better than Mark's, who was ahead. Then I saw Robert, I could see his wheelspin and was diving down the inside and the sprint to Turn 1 was not that long. I was able to get side by side and a bit ahead, which was obviously quite important. For sure it was the key to finishing second today."