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Fourth the best of a bad situation - Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel admits charging from 15th to fourth in Spain put a smile back on his face after a series of frustrating race weekends.

Vettel's weekend in Barcelona started with an electrical problem on Friday before having his qualifying cut short by a gearbox issue, which ultimately saw him relegated down the grid. Vettel had to move over for Daniel Ricciardo for the last two races but Spain was all about his overtaking, with a masterful final stint seeing him jump both Kimi Raikkonen and Valterri Bottas for fourth.

Vettel admits he got as much out of the car as he could from where he started.

"It was definitely more fun than in the last race when we had to let people by," he said. "We were quite happy with the car in the race. We had to be patient. It's very tricky when you sit in a train - the car slides, the car in front of you slides, and you lose grip.

"Once the traffic was clear, we were able to use the pace. We had a good strategy and had two sets of softer tyres at the end and we could get past some people. I enjoyed it a lot and I think fourth is the best we could get today."

Despite his impressive afternoon Vettel insists he is not willing to settle for fourth for much longer this season.

"[Mercedes] have a very good package with the engine, car and two very good drivers. All in all that makes them so strong and difficult to beat," he said.

"But it would be quite sad to go into the weekend and just aim for third. I think this weekend from the team point of view was good with third and fourth, but at the next race we'll attack again."

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