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Vettel: It could have gone wrong in Q3

Sep 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel has admitted that his decision not to run for a second time in the final stage of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix could easily have back-fired, but he is delighted to have secured his fifth pole position of the season today.

The German driver was six-tenths clear of the field after his first run in Q1, with the team believing that this gap could not be made up by Nico Rosberg. However, on his final run, the Mercedes driver came within just 0.091 seconds of beating Vettel’s time with Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean also coming close. All in all, this made for a nervy final few minutes in the Red Bull garage.

“You stand in the garage when there’s roughly two minutes to go in the session and you know that it’s too late,” Vettel said. “But then it’s much worse when you see the others at the final attempt and you know there’s nothing you can do.

“I was watching the sector times very closely with obviously Romain, Nico and Mark in particular. Mark started with a purple sector one, very close in sector two, then Nico had a purple sector two, then Romain had a purple sector two. Then fortunately my last sector was strong enough to just stay ahead.”

Vettel had explained yesterday that he expected Mercedes to pose a stiffer challenge on Saturday, confirming that today’s result was more representative of the gap between the German team and Red Bull.

“Yesterday I think the gap was a bit of a surprise. Today’s been more what we expected, especially with Mercedes being very close behind.”

Vettel will be hoping to convert today’s result into a win on Sunday that would see his championship lead surpass the sixty point mark.

  1. f1phantom - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Sure would have been nice to see the qualifying. Once again, NBC shows their contempt for F1 fans by not even showing the qualifying before they let you read about it. I sure wish NBC would let someone cover F1 who actually gives a damn about it.

  2. notyourtypicalmoron - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Maybe it could have gone wrong in Q3 as Vettel said, but unfortunately most Americans would never know about it since NBC completely BLEW the coverage. I was watching the repeat of qualifying, thinking it was the first broadcast of it since they moved the live event to CNBC at the last minute and it never showed up on my Comcast guide…so anyway I was watching and with more than ten minutes left in the second qualifying session (Q2) they went to commercial–when they came back they were showing Vettel coming out of his car and proclaiming him the pole sitter. We missed most of Q2 and ALL of Q3, and Q3 is the best part of the session. NBC is proving over and over they have no business handling the broadcasting of Formula One in America. They will surely destroy what the growing fan base at a critical time for the sport. Bernie should be outraged because many or most of us fans are. We had some complaints about SPEEDTV, especially when they were SpeedVision, but they were leaps and bounds better than NBC. This is quite amazing when you understand they have the same people on air as SPEEDTV. It is the producer and the network that are completely screwing it up.

    Also, did you see that half-√§ss setup they had for poor Lee, David, and Steve at the race in Austin? These poor guys were sitting in the hot sun with absolutely no shade on some ridiculous set. They were all sweating like pigs. I’ll bet money they wish they were back at SPEEDTV.

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