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Vettel: I was swimming, not driving

An angry Sebastian Vettel admits 'that's life' after falling at the first hurdle in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel insists he isn't out of the fight for victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix despite failing to make it past the first phase of qualifying at Interlagos.

The Red Bull ace was clearly angered by his failure to make it past Q1 in wet conditions at the Sao Paolo as he was only able to set the 16th quickest time – denting his hopes of remaining in contention for the F1 drivers' title.

Admitting he had no option but to accept what had happened, Vettel insisted he could still win from the rear of the field as others had done before, having done everything he could during the session.

“Angry,” he told the official F1 website when asked how he felt. “When the track was at its best, there was too much traffic and when the traffic improved, there was too much water again on the track. I came here to qualify much higher, but that's life.

“For sure it would be much nice to start from the front, but that's not the case so I have to accept it. There have been other people before who have won from those kind of grid positions – its just much harder.

“I risked all I could. At some points I was swimming more than I was racing. I've earned my swimming badge today and some situations were very critical.”



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A True Fan - Unregistered

October 18, 2009 12:41 AM

First of all, does anyone know what was going on with Vettel and the FIA. Secondly, why the negative remarks about the Speed broadcast crew? I think the four of them do a pretty good job. Being a fan of several forms of motorsports,(NO NASCAR)these guys are actually the best combination of comentators around.

Shanker - Unregistered

October 18, 2009 2:25 AM

Button not make it q3 and he said the (wet) tyre choice is lose him. (Sutil is wet tyre and he made it). First 8 race he is the hero. Last 8 race he is the zero.



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