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Sebastian Vettel conceded that he made a mistake on his final hot lap that potentially cost him pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday.
Mercedes locked out the front row in Monte Carlo, ending Red Bull’s pole streak at the twisty track in the French Riviera that lasted three successive years.
The German driver had a chance to continue that run for his team but a lock up at Mirabeau robbed him of that opportunity.
"Mercedes was very quick all weekend, we know they are very quick on one lap," Vettel said. "But I don’t want that to sound like an excuse.
"I think it was a bit more than a tenth missing and I think I had that today but it didn’t come together on the last lap," he explained.
Vettel’s time was 0.104 seconds slower than Rosberg’s pole lap, suggesting that without the error the defending champion could have claimed the top spot.
"Really, if anyone’s to blame… I think the car was very, very good and if anyone’s to blame then it’s me,” he conceded.
Vettel had also decided to do a single lap run, which backfired.
"If I could decide again then I’d probably go for two and two. Two laps every time. I was confident that when the track picks up I’m able to nail the first lap," he said.