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Vettel finding Silverstone tough going

Sebastian Vettel admitted that Saturday's extra-long qualifying session had been hard work, and felt that Sunday would be more of the same if he was to come out on top.
Sebastian Vettel admitted that the British Grand Prix qualifying session at Silverstone which lasted over two and a half hours had been a gruelling shift at the office.

"It was a tough day," the Red Bull driver said of Saturday, following a 90-minute red flag anxiously watching what the weather was going to do, and trying to second-guess the correct strategy to adopt once the track reopened.

He just squeaked in to Q3 as the weather made for a lottery finish to the previous Q2 session, and he then went on to put in a strong performance to claim fourth place on the grid.

"It was difficult today and in the end we only got one lap when the conditions were at their best," he said. "I think I should have been a bit quicker, but that's life."

Despite the long wait that had resulted, Vettel agreed with race direction's decision to red flag the second part of qualifying during a torrential downpour, which made conditions impossible for the drivers.

"It was the right call to red flag the session," he said. "It's a shame for everyone watching, but we cannot control the weather."

With the forecast for Sunday looking unsettled if not even wetter than Saturday, Vettel saw the Grand Prix being another big challenge for all concerned.

"It's raining again now and it will probably be the same weather again tomorrow, so we'll see what happens," he said. "It's going to be a long race. We are at the front which is good."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner called fourth place on the grid for Vettel along with second place for Mark Webber "a really strong team result" in what had been "horrendous conditions" that at its worst in Q2 had seen the cars start to aquaplane dangerously.

"Hopefully it won't be so wet tomorrow for the race," he added.



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Tealeaf - Unregistered

July 07, 2012 6:35 PM

Well struggling but still 4th its not so bad, Seb's normally quicker on race day anyway so a good start and Fernando will have a tough fight on his hands.



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