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Formula One: Vettel says tyre strategy may spring surprise

Published on Jun 8, 2014 6:18 AM
Pole position winner Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (centre) of Germany stands with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (left) of Britain and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 7, 2014 after the qualifying session for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. Hamilton qualified second and Vettel qualified third. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONTREAL (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel claimed third on the grid for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix and then warned that unexpected tyre strategies could produce a surprise in the race.  

The defending four-time world champion conceded that he did not expect his Red Bull team to have the performance to fight with Mercedes for victory, but said strategy could dictate the outcome on a hot afternoon.  

Vettel said: "A couple of weeks ago, you would have expected that all the Mercedes-powered cars would be at the front.  

"We’re not on their level yet, but strategy will maybe have a few surprises with 70 laps in the race. Last year, there were surprises with the super-soft tyres.  

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