Spanish GP pole continues to evade Vettel

© F1 Pulse, 11 May 2013
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Despite all his success in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel is yet to figure out the secret to claiming pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The German qualified third on Saturday behind the Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Catalunya circuit, which has proven to be a mystery for the Red Bull driver over the years.

"Historically, I didn’t really like the last sector and the new corners they implemented a couple of years ago," Vettel said. "This year it seems to be that, for the first time, I found a better way around, after trying so many times – which is quite funny if you think that we come here more than once a year.

In six appearances in Barcelona, the triple champion has started the race from the front row thrice but the top spot has continued to evade him.

“"Hopefully I can prove statistics wrong. I know it’s very important to start from the front row. We just missed it – but I’m confident for the race,” Vettel said.

Teammate Mark Webber, in contrast, has managed to register pole position twice at the circuit – in 2010 and 2011. The Australian however qualified eighth but will start seventh owing to the penalty of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

"I was disappointed with the lap in Q3 and lost a lot of time in the last sector; I’m normally quite strong there, but I was in trouble with the rears,” Webber said referring to his tyres.

 

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