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Vettel says failure robbed him of win

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Australian GPSebastian Vettel believes he would have won the Australian Grand Prix today had a brake failure not pitched him off the road just before half-distance.

The Red Bull driver led the race from pole until a front brake failure sent him into the gravel at turn 13.

It is the second race in a row Vettel has lost due to a mechanical issue after a spark plug problem slowed him in Bahrain.

"We had a braking failure," confirmed Vettel. "Earlier on the lap I felt some vibrations. There was nothing I could have done and I lost the car. It's a shame - I think we had the race under control even though the conditions were difficult."

Vettel has called for his Red Bull squad to make a push so that he can improve his finishing record and get his title challenge on track.

"It breaks my balls," he said. "We are all pushing and trying to do our best. It's nobody's fault, but we need to get on top of it and make sure that we see the chequered flag in Malaysia."

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