Sebastian Vettel insists that there will be no harking back to his failure to win the Canadian Grand Prix when it comes to leading from the front in Valencia.

The German claimed his seventh pole in eight races on the streets of the Spanish city, heading up another Red Bull front row, with another scintillating qualifying lap, but the press were still keen to press home the fact that he had made a mistake under pressure from Jenson Button in Montreal, which ultimately cost him the chance of a sixth win in 2011.

Having led from the start, and survived a combination of heavy rain, safety car periods and even a lengthy red flag stoppage, Vettel ultimately succumbed to Button's superior pace, putting a wheel off the driest line as the Briton homed in on the final lap. Despite that, the German strengthened his championship advantage - now 60 points over Button as both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso failed to score - and insists that the Montreal memory will not linger in his mind this weekend.

"In that very moment, I was obviously disappointed," he said, responding to a question in which even the journalist suggested that the watching world was 'clutching at straws', "I think you could see it, I wasn't the happiest guy at that moment, Jenson was. It was a long race, it was easy to make mistakes and not everyone finished so, looking back, it was very important to finish and collect a lot of points.

"Sure, it took a little while [to get over it] but, to be honest, by Monday, Tuesday, it was history and you start looking forward to the next race. A championship doesn't come down to one race or two races. Of course, I would have loved to win [in Canada], but it didn't happen, so we start from zero again here."

Vettel's first flying lap was enough to secure pole on a day where few, RBR team-mate Mark Webber aside, failed to make gains second time around, but his performance underlined the belief that little would change in the F1 pecking order despite recent rule changes.

"There was obviously a lot of talk going into this grand prix, and there will be a lot of talk before the next grand prix, but everyone will lose something," he said of the engine mapping revisions mandated for Valencia, "People expected us to lose more than others, but that's where I disagree.

"So there has been a lot of talk but, for us, we never really understood why. We had to focus on what we had to do here and that's it. I think we had a good qualifying session and, generally I think, a good build-up throughout the weekend. [We were] picking up steadily some pace and, in my case, I felt more and more comfortable in the car. That was most important.

"It is nice to sit here and to have the front row for [Red Bull]. It is a good start for tomorrow, but it is a long race so we will have to go from there. It is always tough here. It is a tricky circuit, there are so many corners. We have got 25 before we cross the line again and, especially in qualifying, to get every single corner right is very, very difficult."

With Button having made perfect use of the double DRS zone in Canada, Vettel admits that a similar scenario could occur in Valencia.

"Obviously, if you are in the front and the people are close enough behind, then it is tricky," he noted, "And it is tricky not only once, but twice here. Valencia is a street circuit, but still they are quite long straights and, for those two zones, it will be important to have enough of a gap - or, if you are behind, to be close enough to try something.

"Both times you have a reasonable hard stop, so you can try something under braking, so we will see. At the moment, it is not yet clear how many stops we will have and how efficient overtaking will be so we will see what happens. As I say it is a long race."


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