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Perfect lap not enough for Sebastian Vettel

Apr 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel has admitted that not even a perfect lap would have been enough for him to claim pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver qualified second behind pole-sitter Nico Rosberg, and he congratulated his fellow countryman after the session today.

“Congratulations to Nico, he did a very strong lap. It was all his today,” Vettel said in the post-race press conference.

“I’m definitely not disappointed.¬†When I crossed the line I saw I didn’t go first, saw second place on the screen and did not know how much was missing because my lap was fine.

Vettel, who has claimed 38 pole positions during his Formula One career, believes that Rosberg’s time was unbeatable.

“It was clear that even with a perfect lap I couldn’t have done it.”

Instead, the Red Bull driver appeared to be focusing on strategy, with tire management being highly important this weekend.

“I am very happy we managed to save some tires throughout qualifying.

“It will be all about tires and tire deg tomorrow once again. We will see what happens but it’s good to start from front row.”

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With Rosberg uncertain of his own race pace, Vettel is in a strong position to capitalize on any issues for Mercedes. However, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa starting 3rd and 4th, the defending world champion will have to race well if he is to win in Bahrain for a second time.

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  1. apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Rosberg simply untouchable! But we’ll see how fast he is with fuel in the car.

    Vettel and Alonso should be the big fight for the win, I suspect. Though Massa’s strategy could prove a spoiler!

    Regardless it was sooooo good to see cars on track, pushing as hard as possible for every single tenth and not worried about having to pit 7 laps into the race because they’re tyres are totally degraded.

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