Vettel under pressure
It was no surprise to see Sebastian Vettel on pole position at a circuit widely expected to be Red Bull territory. What did shock was how much he struggled during free practice, forcing Red Bull to break Formula 1's Friday night curfew for the first time this season to work on his car, and the fact that he was only 0.163 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton in qualifying. There are two ways to look at this.
Firstly, it's a sign that the gap to Red Bull has been closed, as traditionally its qualifying dominance has not translated into anything like the same advantage on Sunday afternoon.
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