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Sebastian Vettel could have had a few extra laps during qualifying for the German Grand Prix if he had not been held up behind teammate Mark Webber.
The defending world champion believed that he had the pace to claim pole position but lost a few additional runs and had to settle for second place on the starting grid at Hockenheim.
“I was catching up Mark and in the mirrors obviously you can’t see nothing, so I guess he couldn’t see me,” Vettel said. “I don’t think he had intention to hold me up. Obviously I lost two laps because of that.
"It’s very difficult in these conditions and you can’t see anything in the mirrors,” he added defending the Australian driver.
Vettel also clarified that a potential pole was lost largely due to strategy in the closing stages, which helped Fernando Alonso clinch the coveted position, and that Webber had nothing to do with him losing out.
"The conditions were best at the end of Q3, so I knew that the last lap had to be the best anyway. I have already asked Mark, and he told me that he simply didn’t see me," he was quoted saying by the official Formula 1 website.
"I have to say my last lap was not entirely perfect, as I went a bit too wide at the hairpin," he confessed.