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Vettel over Canadian disappointment

Sebastian Vettel has said that he quickly shrugged off the disappointment of the Canadian GP to focus on the rest of the F1 season.
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."




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12.06.2011- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 leads Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
12.06.2011- Race, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 race winner, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 3rd position
12.06.2011- Race, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
25.06.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
25.06.2011- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 pole position and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 3rd position
25.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
25.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

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