Vettel has no answers for lack of qualifying pace

© Ubaid Parkar, 7 September 2012
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For a driver who claimed 11 pole positions in 19 Grands Prix last season, Sebastian Vettel doesn’t seem to have an answer for this year’s lack of pace in qualifying.

At the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, the Red Bull driver was knocked out from the final shootout with a time of just over 1.1 seconds off the leading pace in Q2.

And although the German salvaged it with a strong performance to finish on the podium on Sunday, the defending champion can’t figure a reason for the difference in the pace on the two days.

"Why? There is still not a 100 percent bulletproof answer, as there was nothing wrong with our qualifying,” Vettel was quoted saying by Autosport. "It didn't feel as if there was an awful lot more in the lap, so there is still a bit of a question mark."

Vettel’s average qualifying position this season has been fifth - with three pole positions - although his pace in the race has ensured that he’s second in the drivers’ championship, 24 points away from leader Fernando Alonso.


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