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Vettel laments clutch issue

Sebastian Vettel admits his disappointment at a poor start to the British Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel was left to rue being over-aggressive with clutch on his car after missing out on a strong result in the British Grand Prix.

Vettel had qualified on pole position as he looked to make it back-to-back wins in the race but got bogged down off the line to lose out to Mark Webber on the run to Copse.

The German then appeared to be tagged slightly by Lewis Hamilton, which enough to cause a right-rear puncture and leave Vettel at the back of the field.

The deployment of the Safety Car allowed him to get back up to seventh at the end of the race but Vettel was left disappointed at not finishing higher.

“I had a bad start, we went too aggressive with the clutch and I had quite a lot of wheel-spin,” the Red Bull man said. “Then I had the puncture, I didn't feel anything, so I wasn't sure what happened. After the first turn, something was strange and I saw the rear-right puncture. Unfortunately after I got it, I got a bit of damage to the car which lost me some performance, but I was able to recover and score some points, which was important.

“For the first thirty laps, I didn't have much to do except going around trying to catch up, but after the safety car I had some people to fight and that was good fun, I was racing people like Felipe and Michael – it's great as whenever you try something and you see a gap you know that they are smart enough to see it, so it was good fun for the last twenty laps. It's always a good race here with a great atmosphere.”

Team boss Christian Horner praised Vettel for his recovery drive on a day when the team took its fifth win of the year thanks to Mark Webber – despite the ongoing bickering with the team over its apparent bias towards Vettel.

“Sebastian was unlucky at the first corner, I'm not sure if contact was made with Hamilton at the start, but thereafter he made an excellent recovery drive to score some important points for the team,” he said. “It was unlucky to have got the puncture, but it was a good recovery thereafter.”



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