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Published: 16:20 | 23/7/16

Vettel unhappy with Button block


Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says McLaren’s Jenson Button denied him a second-row starting spot at Sunday's Hungarian GP by blocking his final lap in qualifying.

Vettel, who qualified fifth, believes he would have outpaced the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen had Button not got in his way after the double yellow flags been waved following Fernando Alonso’s spin.

"I don’t think it’s fair, we had a yellow at the end and I don’t know why Jenson didn’t move out of the way so I couldn’t close the lap and lost a lot of time,” said Vettel.

"I think he was sleeping. I think he didn’t expect anyone to keep going [after the yellow flags] so after that he backed off, I guess, and came back to the pits.

"But going into Turn 12 he didn’t move [out of the way] and by Turn 13 he realised and did move but by then, yeah, I’d already lost quite a lot of time.

"There was no point pushing through the last corner, otherwise I think I could have been top three, easy. A bit of a shame, the car felt very good.

"I’d say I was on the same kind of lap as Nico [Rosberg, who finished on pole] behind me, and he kept pushing and you could see what he did.

"We did some changes after P3, and I think they worked. The car was really coming alive, but we couldn’t show that."

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