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Red Bull out of reach in Rosberg’s eyes

Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Nico Rosberg has revealed his disappointment after qualifying in fifth place for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, believing that pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may be out of reach for Mercedes in Yeongam.

Rosberg will start the race in P4, with Mark Webber set to drop ten places from third on the grid after picking up his third reprimand of the season in Singapore. However, the German driver is still disappointed that Mercedes could not pose a stiffer challenge to Red Bull.

“I haven’t found the right car balance all weekend so far and that’s the reason why I’m a bit disappointed with today’s result – even if my actual starting position of fourth place is pretty good,” Rosberg said. “The first sector of the track is good for overtaking, so hopefully that will give us some opportunities in the opening laps, but Red Bull still seem to have the edge here overall.

“If I get a good start like I managed in Singapore, then a podium finish is possible based on the performance we were able to show in the long runs on Friday.”

In Singapore, Rosberg was the only driver to challenge Vettel in the entirety of the race, overtaking him into turn one only to run slightly wide at the next corner and hand the lead back to his compatriot. He eventually finished fourth after a safety car period allowed Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen to pass through the pit stops, and he will be keen on scoring his first podium finish since his win at Silverstone back in June.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The headline should be “Vettel Out of Reach” considering Webber is starting pretty far back and tends to lose places at the start. Still it would be great if Merc could challenge the soon to be 4 time champion and give us a reason to watch the race. Regardless I’m still very impressed with Merc’s achievements already!

  2. lewymp4 - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    A good thing that Lewis still feels that he has a chance.

    http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12472/8957671/lewis-hamilton-and-mercedes-still-believe-they-can-win-sundays-korean-grand-prix

  3. wiscpaul - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    The RedBull’s are not invincible. Ask Weber. Last race the car started on fire. The race before that he had looming brake failure, another time the alternator was overheating. They just usually manage to finish before the failure.

    • oakleafm - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Back in the day – when Lotus was really Lotus – wasn’t that Colin Chapman’s strategy? Build a car that lasts until the last lap – but no better?

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