Binotto said: “I am very pleased for Sebastian. A podium for him is very important. It has been a difficult season for him, [but] I think he has started now to be comfortable with the car.
“He is delivering better and I think he made a good race, from the very start, very consistent, good pace, managing the tyres, and the very last lap he did well and took the opportunity. There are still three races and I hope he will do well.”
Despite recent improvements, Vettel is still set to post his worst championship finish as he currently sits 13th in the drivers' standings with 33 points.
Vettel believes the key to continuing to deliver in his final races will be improved pace in qualifying. He said: “The races we have had so far have been compromised because once you are in the back you’re stuck.
“I have obviously had a lack of pace in dry conditions this year so placed myself in the bad spot and it’s a very different race you have, you are in the middle or behind the pack. That has been key this year.
“It is very close where we are, and being two, three tenths down when it matters has a big impact. It’s something I don’t like, but I’m working on. I think it’s been a difficult year for many reasons and this is one of them.”
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