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Sebastian Vettel had no response to Lewis Hamilton’s blistering lap that got the Mercedes driver pole position for the British Grand Prix suggesting that Red Bull was comprehensively beaten on Saturday.
Hamilton’s pole time was 0.452 seconds quicker than his teammate Nico Rosberg, who will start second, and six-tenths faster than Vettel’s time.
"It was all I had," a dejected Vettel said over the radio after he completed his hot lap. "I tried everything."
Still, the defending champion had plenty of positives to take away ahead of Sunday’s race with question marks over Mercedes’ race pace and the fact that his immediate rivals in the championship, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, qualified ninth and tenth respectively.
But Hamilton and Rosberg’s pace over one lap will remain a mystery for Red Bull for now.
“I don't know if Lewis found a shortcut or he has something special round here, phenomenal lap,” Vettel said. “For the race, we'll see how well we are with tyres, looking after them... I think it's a good position to start from."
Teammate Mark Webber, who qualified fourth, echoed Vettel's views.
“We were up against it to get on the front row against the Mercs, they’re on another level as they have been for the last few events," the Australian said. "It was disappointing to get pipped by Seb there at the end by a hundredth, it was very close."