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Vettel left disappointed with third place finish

Sebastian Vettel was honest enough to admit Jenson Button was too quick for him in Istanbul.

ISTANBUL // Sebastian Vettel was honest enough to admit Jenson Button was too quick for him in Istanbul. But he was surprised his Red Bull team did not give him a helping hand in his quest for the championship. A third-place finish means he now has an imposing 32-point deficit to make up on Button, the runaway leader. But Vettel had three stops while the Brawn GP driver and his own teammate Mark Webber took two. He was also told to hold back at the end when he wanted to challenge Webber for second.

It summed up a frustrating day for the German, who lost his frontline spot on the first lap to Button. "If you start from pole you want to win and if you lose the lead on the first lap it is not good," he said. "If you see someone has quicker pace it is not nice to see. "They did not tell me to pass Mark, they said Mark was faster, so similar to what he did, we turned the engine down. I was third and of course I was not happy with that and kept pushing to the end. I would rather go fast for the last few laps than just going around.

"It turned out three-stopping was possibly not as quick as two stops. But I don't think it would have made a big difference as Jenson was too quick." @Email:akhan@thenational.ae