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Vettel, hamilton,

Vettel: Lewis owned the pole position

Vettel, hamilton,

Formula 1 world championship leader Sebastian Vettel admitted he had no chance of beating Lewis Hamilton to pole position in qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old German said the three-time F1 world champion had shown “he owned pole position” with his stunning final lap for Mercedes.

Vettel said, “I think the time he put in at the end was very strong. The one he put in before – we were able to beat, but the gap at the end was a bit bigger. I think he owned the pole position today.”

Hamilton’s final pole lap time of 1:26.000 lifted him more than half a second clear of his rivals and left Vettel moaning at his Ferrari team.

He was very angry when he shouted at the team by radio at the end of Q3, “What was that on the out-lap. That was a bad spot to be, absolute bad spot. I was way too close to the cars ahead.”

Later, he told reporters: “The last run I was a bit compromised, in the first sector especially, because tyres were not where they should have been.”

Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified second behind Hamilton, said: “I don’t know how far we were from first, but a pretty good guess where we were giving away lap time.

“I think we have a good car, not fast enough for first, but for the race hopefully we can challenge them and have a good run.”