Vettel: McLaren was always out of reach

Double world champion Sebastian Vettel says that McLaren was always out of reach and he added Red Bull expected front row in race grid but McLaren duo, Lotus and Mercedes cars of Romain Grosjean and Michael Schumacher ahead of Red Bull Racing. Defending world champion set sixth fastest behind his team-mate Mark Webber.

“Obviously qualifying was more or less as we expected,” GPupdate published that Vettel told reports in the Albert Park paddock. “The cars have been close to each other and, from Q1 to Q2 and Q2 to Q3, the order always changed slightly. I wasn’t happy with my final run in Q3, I made a small mistake, but McLaren was always out of reach.

“As I said, I made a mistake so I should have been a bit quicker. Regarding the car, we’re not miles away – it’s not a disaster. We should have been in the fight for pole position but today we’re not good enough.

“We said coming into this weekend that Lotus had the potential to surprise. They did. Last year they were very quick in the first two races, so we’ll see how the season progresses. I don’t know what happened to Kimi (Räikkönen).”

“We expected Mercedes to be closer (than in 2011), so I was a bit surprised Nico (Rosberg) wasn’t higher up but I think he made a mistake so…yeah.”

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