Sebastian Vettel says he came away from the Japanese Grand Prix happy with Ferrari's form despite a fourth place finish at Suzuka.

Vettel feeling positive

Vettel feeling positive

The 29-year-old looked set to seal a podium place in the Far East despite grid penalties seeing him and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen under pressure at the start, but he had to settle for fourth due to his team's strategy towards the end of the race.

Vettel was embroiled in a battle with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for third spot but Ferrari's decision to run soft tyres at the end saw the four-time world champion fall behind Hamilton at his final stop and ended his hopes of spraying champagne.

The result left the German in sixth place in the standings with 165 points - the same number as Verstappen - while Raikkonen is just five points better off.

While any thoughts of the title have long since gone up in smoke, there is still plenty to play for in 2016 and Vettel ended his weekend in Japan full of confidence.

"I think there's been a lot of positives this weekend," he said. "Despite the penalty, I think the qualifying was very strong.

"The pace of the car was good in the race was well. We were probably the second-quickest car out there, so there were a lot of positives for sure.

"You cannot be entirely happy because if the podium is for grabs and you don't take it, it always feels a bit disappointing. But as I said, a lot of positives, things that we learned about the car for the future as well."