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Vettel: We had the pace for pole

Sebastian Vettel says he felt he could have secured pole for the German Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel said he was slightly disappointed to miss out on a home pole at Hockenheim after qualifying second for the German Grand Prix.

The Red Bull man secured a place on the front row of the grid alongside Fernando Alonso in wet conditions, but was four-tenths of a second down on the Ferrari man on the time sheets.

Having admitted afterwards that he didn't think his best lap had been perfect, Vettel reflected that he could have pushed for pole if able to string a lap together although he also admitted that the session could have gone a lot worse given the conditions,

“The track was best at the end of the session, which is when we got our best times,” he said. “In these conditions it's extremely difficult, as you can lose the car through the rivers on the track. I lost some time running into Mark at the end of one lap, but it's very difficult in these conditions and you can't see anything in the mirrors.

“I think we had the pace today to put the car on pole – so we need to look at what Fernando did with his strategy. But it can be a lottery when the weather's like that and fortunately we didn't lose the car, which is good and I'm starting on the front line tomorrow. We are being consistent at the moment, which is the key.”

Vettel added that he wasn't just thinking about Alonso when it comes to challenging for victory on Sunday, tipping both McLaren and Lotus to bounce back from a more difficult session.

“You can't rule out McLaren even though they were behind in Q3 and they will be quick tomorrow,” he said. “Lotus have been quick in the races recently as well so it will be close.

“We are consistently strong and able to finish in the top three so will try to do out best. The forecast looks dry so we'll see how it goes.”

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