Vettel happy with alternative strategy

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Sebastian Vettel may not have challenged for pole position during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, but the German driver is happy with the decision to save his tires.

Vettel failed to set a time in Q3, allowing him to pick which tire he will start on for the race tomorrow, and the defending world champion is likely to start on the harder compound.

“It’s a long race tomorrow, it’s a tough circuit on tires, we know that,” he said in an interview.

“We learned a little bit yesterday. We decided to go opposite to the majority, whether that’s the right decision we’ll know tomorrow.”

The majority of the teams have been struggling with their tires so far this weekend, so Vettel’s decision could see him challenge for the win despite starting down in 9th.

“We know the tires are not great, and obviously that makes you think, and sometimes come up with a different approach.

“The majority of cars were out on the soft tire, which is the qualifying tire, so even if we finished the lap we don’t have a fair chance to match them.”

Vettel will be the highest starting Red Bull tomorrow following Mark Webber’s Q2 stoppage. The Australian provisionally starts 14th on the grid, although he may be subject to a penalty.