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F1 China 2013: Vettel battles hard but misses podium

"Arguably the time lost [with Hülkenberg at the start] hurt Sebastian at the end of the race," agreed Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. "Otherwise I am sure he would have been on the podium.

"Nonetheless [Seb] drove a very strong race, managing his pace and tyres very well to come extremely close to taking the final podium place on the final lap," he continued. "Unfortunately in the first stint, after Sebastian had passed Jenson, Hülkenberg managed to pass both Jenson and Sebastian in the DRS zone, which cost us quite a bit of time.

"Having opted to start the race on the prime tyre, it was always going to be a different race for us compared to the cars ahead," he added.



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