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Sebastien Vettel unable to explain qualifying flop in Russia

World champion Sebastien Vettel is confused as to why his Red Bull failed to finish inside the top ten in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel was unable to explain why he failed to qualify in the top ten for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

Four-time world champion Vettel, who last week announced that he would be leaving Red Bull for Ferrari at the end of season, could only manage 11th in qualifying in Sochi.

Vettel told reporters: "We knew that it would be difficult in general for us here with the amount of straights, but equally there are a lot of corners - especially in sector two and three.

"I think we made a big step forward this morning, but I wasn't able to take that forward into qualifying. Generally the car felt OK.

"Obviously it didn't in qualifying, but this morning we were fairly happy and yesterday didn't feel too bad either."

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start from pole on Sunday, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg just behind the Briton and Finland's Valtteri Bottas third fastest.

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