Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has insisted he is not disappointed he had to settle for second best today in qualifying for the 2013 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

The German was one of, if not the, favourite going into the session, but in the end he was unable to match Nico Rosberg.

Indeed he finished 0.254 seconds off his fellow countryman and later admitted that the Mercedes driver was just 'unbeatable'.

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"I'm not disappointed with that. Well done to Nico, it was a strong lap and it was all his today," Vettel said.

"When I crossed the line I saw I was second on the screen and didn't know how much I was missing to pole as the lap was fine.

"When I got told the gap to P1, it was clear that even with a perfect lap he was unbeatable today, but nevertheless I'm very happy.

"We managed to save some tyres throughout qualifying and it will be about tyre degradation tomorrow, so we'll see what happens. It's good to start from the front."

Red Bull Racing team principal, Christian Horner added: "That was a very tightly contested qualifying session. We stuck to a plan we formulated before qualifying, using one set of the soft tyres in each of the sessions.

"Sebastian did a super job to qualify on the front row alongside Nico Rosberg. Well done to Nico for getting pole today."