Vettel upbeat despite missing pole

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel is confident of his race prospects despite missing out on pole position to Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel had set the benchmark time during the final segment of qualifying but was subsequently usurped by Hamilton.

"There wasn’t much missing in that session, so Lewis did a good job," he said.

"I put a strong lap in and had two sets of new tyres; I was pretty happy with both laps, maybe on the second I was losing out a bit in the middle sector and perhaps I wasn’t aggressive enough, but it’s no help to sit here now and say we should have done this or that. At the end of the day my lap wasn’t quick enough."

"Mercedes have a very strong qualifying pace. Lewis did an exceptional job today, also if you look at the gap to Nico, you have to be fair and respect that. I would have loved to have been a little bit faster and be on pole, but it still puts us in a great place for tomorrow. We have a good car and good race pace. We should have a good race tomorrow and I’m quite confident."

Team principal Christian Horner insists that Vettel's front row start puts him in a strong position for the race.

"To miss out on the pole by half a tenth of a second, demonstrates how close the grid is here. Sebastian looked competitive throughout qualifying and it’s positive to be starting on the front row of the grid at a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake at."

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