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Vettel: We have to keep pushing

Sebastian Vettel was quick to praise Red Bull Racing and engine partner Renault for its performance in Monaco GP qualifying, but insisted that there could be no resting on laurels.

Sebastian Vettel has said that he has no intention of believing that Red Bull Racing will carry him to the Formula One world title, even though he admits that the team has been the best through the opening phase of the 2010 season.

Speaking after claiming third on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix - a race where Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber ensured that the squad's 100 per cent qualifying record - Vettel praised the efforts that had yielded a two wins and kept both drivers in the championship hunt, but acknowledged that nothing remains fixed for long in F1.

"I think we have a very good car, and we have very good people on board [that are] working together, as a group, as a team and not against each other," the German pointed out, "I think that's a good foundation but, if you think you are unbeatable, then you are a fool. It's always tough - looking back is always easy, but looking in the future is always a question mark. We need to wait and see and keep pushing, [but] you can't let go."

Having secured three poles in the first four races - Webber took the other in Malaysia - Vettel has seen his team-mate draw level in the qualifying stakes with top spot at each of the past two races, and admitted that he didn't quite to get it together in Monaco.

"I got a little bit of traffic, so it wasn't ideal to use the tyres properly," he revealed, "They came in nicely, but I think, when there was the peak, I couldn't use it. Then, on the second last lap, I lost the rear at the chicane - I was probably a bit too late and had to abort the chicane, or cut the chicane, but it happens."

Vettel hadn't been too happy with his car after Thursday's opening practice session, but reported that the Red Bull had made changes that not only made the car better for qualifying, but could see it more suited to Sunday's grand prix.

"I think we made a good step forward, but it might be better in the race than in qualifying," the German confirmed, "We are now third [on the grid] but, if [the others] don't crash in the first corner, there won't be a lot of clean air tomorrow. But you never know here. It's a long, long race, a lot of things can happen, especially with the backmarkers, so let's see.

"Compliments to the team and also to the Renault. I think there has been some criticism on the power side - we know it is probably not the strongest engine, but we know, around here, it counts a lot to have drivability and, if you have the first three cars in qualifying with the Renault engine, I think that's a positive note."



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spaghettieddie

May 16, 2010 12:53 PM
Last Edited 2599 days ago

I love that "throwing the toys out of the pram" phrase you guys across the pond use. I got to find a way to use that over here just to get a reaction. Anyways, hes just pissed at his performance. And as far as not congratulating Mark we dont know what was said before or after between the two. I suspect it was said. Everyone is allowed a bad day. :)

Justin

May 16, 2010 11:30 AM

I always get the impression that whenever Vettel says "we" he really means "me". I reckon he might be one to start throwing the toys out of the pram if things continue to swing Webbers way.



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