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Sebastian Vettel says Pirelli's wet tyres are not good enough

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Sebastian Vettel says Pirelli's wet tyres are not good enough to cope with the the sort of extreme conditions which hit the beginning of qualifying in Hungary.

A massive downpour ahead of qualifying delayed the start and then saw it run for nearly two hours, with four red flags for incidents during Q1. During that opening session Vettel had complained over the radio about the blue-striped tyre after several slides off the track.

When asked how the current wets stack up against previous years in F1, he recalled his first win for Red Bull: "Well I think the race that is stuck in my head is 2009 in China, it was a good race for us but it was raining like crazy and there was no problem. Not facing anywhere near the issues nowadays with that amount of rain, so I think it's fair to say that the extreme wet that we currently have is not good and has been criticised in the past. To be fair it hasn't changed so I think the criticism also doesn't change."

Ferrari endured another frustrating day in Hungary, with Vettel having to settle for fifth on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen languishing down in 14th. Vettel hinted his cause had not been helped by the driving of some of his rivals.

"Unfortunately when the car came alive I wasn't able to put the lap in, we had the yellow flag in the middle sector and then I ran into traffic. Both cars that I faced, I think they could have done a better job at getting out of the way. By the time that I was in the last sector I had lost so much time that there was no point to go into the last corner at full speed."