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2016-07-23 17:43

BLAME IT ON THE RAIN: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says a 'sleeping' Jenson Button blocked him during qualifying in Hungary. Image: AP / Attila Kisbenedect

Budapest - Sebastian Vettel blamed a 'sleeping' Jenson Button for blocking him on his fastest lap and preventing him qualifying in the top four for Ferrari at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The four-time champion German qualified in fifth place, but said he believed he had the speed to be faster than both Red Bulls, who qualified third and fourth.

He said that Button baulked him after they drove through the double-waved yellow flags at the scene of Fernando Alonso's spin in his McLaren.

'I couldn't close the gap'

Vettel: "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 -- I couldn't close the lap and lost a lot of time.

"I think he was sleeping. I think he didn't expect anyone to keep going so after that he backed off, I guess, and came back to the pits, but going into Turn 12 he didn't move and by Turn 13 he realised and did move.

"But, by then, 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.

As it happened: 2016 Hungarian GP qualifying 

"It's a bit of a shame because the car felt very good. I'd say I was on the same kind of lap as Nico Rosberg behind me."He kept pushing and you could see what he did."

Vettel added that Ferrari had made some changes to his car after Saturday morning's final free practice.

"I think they worked," he said. "The car was really coming alive, but we couldn't show that."


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