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Vettel expecting tyre strategy will be an advantage for race



Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel expecting prime tyre strategy will be an advantage for race, the German struggled with soft and Red Bull decided to run with hard compound, only Vettel was run with hard-compound in Q3 final phase.

Vettel set sixth fastest with hard compound, but tomorrow he will stat from fifth on the grid behind his team-mate Webber, Kimi Raikkonen five-place grid penalty help him one place gain on the grid.

“I didn’t feel comfortable on the soft, and we decided to go on the hard,” Vettel told Autosport.

“Hopefully tomorrow that will be an advantage, we’ll see. Hopefully I can go longer and that gives me a bit of flexibility in the first stint. We’ll see where we are in the pack and then we do our best and go from there.”

“I think in terms of race pace we should be quite a bit better off than today. But in terms of qualifying they are at the front and so they are the ones to beat. They have a competitive car. They had a solid winter and they are in good form. All this makes it difficult for everyone to beat them.

“I think we have as many new tyres as the other top cars in front, so it should be a good race. We were much closer on Friday in terms of race pace and also last weekend, so that gives us confidence for tomorrow.”

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