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Sebastian Vettel disappointed to miss out on podium

Apr 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

China F1 GP Auto Racing AP

Sebastian Vettel is disappointed to have finished off the podium in China following a strong run to 4th.

The defending world champion started 9th on the medium compound tire, but he closed on 3rd placed Hamilton in the dying stages of the race, eventually finishing just 0.2 seconds behind the Mercedes. However, Vettel did admit he was unsure whether or not he could catch Hamilton.

“When I came on to the long straight and saw Lewis at the other end turning into the hairpin I thought ‘well, that’s a bit too far’,” Vettel said in a team statement.

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“But obviously we had much more speed on the fresher tires. It was a little bit disappointing to lose out by such a tiny bit; a few corners more and we could have tried something.”

Vettel believes that he lost the chance to jump Hamilton during his first stint, getting stuck behind Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg.

“We knew it would be difficult and that it was crucial to get clean laps, but we didn’t in the first stint. I was faster than Nico, but if you follow another car you lean on your front tires too much and it was hard to find the right compromise, but overall we can be happy.”

Red Bull had a mixed weekend, with Mark Webber failing to finish the race having started from the pit lane, but they still lead both championships and they will be working hard to improve their fortunes in Bahrain next weekend.

  1. patellis15 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Seems to me that had Vettel pulled in the same lap that Button did, he’d have had one more lap to catch up to Hamilton. Though the softs were starting to go, Vettel didn’t need much more to have passed him. Another Red Bull mistake…

    • apexassassin - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Yep. How they won 3 titles making that many mistakes is still a wonder to me.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Red Bull is totally unscrupulous. The only reason they have had any success is because Adrian Newy is a genious at aerodynamics. He is the only one that has won the last three championships, no one else. As usual Red Bull raped Webber again by failing to put fuel in his car for qualifying. This stuff doesn’t happen by accident, it’s premeditated abuse. The wheel nut not being tight was a rare error but it ended Webber’s race. Boo Hoo for Vettel missing the podium. Wait until he’s driving a non-Newy designed car, then he’ll miss the podium at every race.

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