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Vettel: Wing choice a matter of taste

Sebastian Vettel has claimed that the Red Bull wing row isn't 'black and white'.

Sebastian Vettel clearly has no intention of allowing the debate raging over allegations of bias within Red Bull Racing to derail his ambitions to win back-to-back British grands prix.

The German was at the heart of the accusations after a development front wing fitted to team-mate Mark Webber's car in Saturday morning practice was switched to the other Red Bull car as Vettel had had his version break in the session. Although there was little between them in qualifying, Webber was clearly unhappy with the turn of events, and team boss Christian Horner was left to fend off suggestions that the team was again favouring its German star.

Vettel, however, shrugged off the incident, suggesting that it had been a matter of choice between the drivers, and one that allowed him to claim his fifth pole in ten races this season.

"I think that, if you look at us [drivers], we are different," he insisted, "Tastes are different - that goes for everything in life and also for F1 - one probably likes tea, the other likes coffee. We also run different set-ups many times, so it is nothing special. In the end, if you look back at the qualifying session, it was extremely tight and I think there wasn't much [between us].

"In Q1, we were pretty much the same. In Q2, Mark was a bit ahead, I was struggling a bit and, in Q3, I was ahead. I don't think there's a black and white answer on the wing. As I said earlier, I was very happy that I could continue with the same kind of wing because, obviously after this morning, we didn't expect that to happen after the failure."

British journalist Byron Young wasn't about to let the matter rest, however, asking whether it was fair that Vettel get both 'faster and better front wings' and Webber not get the chance to run the one originally fitted to his RB6.

"You are pretty smart if you know that they are faster and better," Vettel retorted, "We try to keep this kind of thing to ourselves as much as we can, with the new parts, if they work or if they don't, but it looks like we have a leak!"

Red Bull remained the class of the field in qualifying, with third-placed Fernando Alonso seven-tenths off the pace, and Vettel is confident that he can remain in front on Sunday afternoon.

"Sure, being on pole, is a comfortable position, but I never forget that it is only Saturday and they don't give points on Saturday," he acknowledged, "It's a long race that is very demanding for the car and driver, so we have to keep our feet on the ground.

"Being on pole is what really matters, team-mate or not! It was pretty tight and luck swung my way. I will start on the clean side of the track and that is quite an advantage. It is important to be ahead of your team-mate because he is the one with the same stuff but, in the end, if you want to win, you have to stay in front of everybody else – not just your team-mate. That is the difficult thing.

"If you look at the season, and take every single race, you can see that we have both done well so far, and the times when it didn't work so well for me there were always specific issues behind it. In such a situation, it is important that you keep on believing in yourself and, so far, this has served me well."



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HondaF1Fanatic

July 11, 2010 3:08 PM

If there is NOT a favorite then they surely have a poor way of showing it. I think it was a bad call to switch the wing... Obviously from the expression from MW he was not happy... Sure it was the wing that SV PREFFERED I think someone forgot to ask MW what he wanted... RBR will piss this Championship away if they continue this road... There is no TEAM at this point just two drivers.. SAD But I don't care I'm not a fan anyway

FiatBater - Unregistered

July 11, 2010 2:37 PM

Most teams would publically say that it is too early in the season to play favourites given how close Webber and Vettel are in the points table. To Mark Webber:- Nice race. To Vettel:- this is F1 not dodgem car racing. To Alonso:- Have a Nice Day.



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