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I don't know where the speed went, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: I'm a bit disappointed. We were very quick yesterday and had decent pace this morning too. I don't know where the speed went this afternoon. I was around 3-4kph quicker yesterday than I was this afternoon with less fuel. There are a lot of straights in Monza, so it was quite costly.
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was unable to explain why he only qualified sixth today for the F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Vettel had been quickest overall on Friday and then was second best this morning in final practice behind Lewis Hamilton. However in qualifying he struggled and was unable to match the Ferrari's or McLaren's.

“I'm a bit disappointed. We were very quick yesterday and had decent pace this morning too. I don't know where the speed went this afternoon,” he admitted. “I was around 3-4kph quicker yesterday than I was this afternoon with less fuel. There are a lot of straights in Monza, so it was quite costly.

“Let's see what tomorrow brings now. With high fuel it will be different around here and we're seeing different approaches, for example McLaren is running one driver on lower wing and the other on higher wing, so we'll see how it works on high fuel. It might be quite slippery at the beginning of the race. We're not the fastest here, we know that, but we'll see what we can do.”

Team-mate Mark Webber meanwhile managed to secure fourth on the grid in the sister Renault-powered RB6 and he was two tenths quicker in Q3, despite more problems in final practice.

“I was pretty happy with today's qualifying,” Webber said after just pipping Lewis Hamilton for P4. “It's tight round here and trying to get it all together is not the easiest; when you're pushing hard on the chicanes it's easy to over cook them.

“The guys did a good job though. We were up and down with the wing levels, but everyone's in the same position trying to get the car set up in the best way for Monza. It didn't help that we got the car back quite late after we stopped out on track in P3, but we stayed cool.

“I didn't get many laps on the option tyre, but the engineers were able to look at what Sebastian found out on them and the team worked closely to give me some information, which helped me. The Ferraris are flying today; it should be a good race.”

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner added: “It was a fantastic last lap from Mark to get himself onto the second row ahead of Lewis. Unfortunately for Sebastian his second run in Q3 wasn't quick enough to improve his position.

“But, at a circuit that we knew coming here was our worst of the Championship on paper, to be ahead of the Championship leader is a solid team performance. The one thing we all know about Monza is that it tends to produce exciting races, so we're set for a fascinating race tomorrow.”



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Friday Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6
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Dee - Unregistered

September 11, 2010 6:28 PM

I imagine that Seb is starting to get that sinking feeling that this season is quickly slipping away from him. I just hope he doesn't do a Spa at the first chicane and take out the cars in front of him, namely Hamilton and Webber.

Nigel K

September 11, 2010 6:51 PM

Another thing that Christian Horner said during the interview with Sky Deutschland, was that they hope to get both drivers ahead of Lewis. Sandwiched as he is between Massa and Webber ahead of him, and Vettel just behind, and with a low downforce set-up to boot, Lewis has to be very conservative in his start tomorrow, or I fear it might be all over for him on the first chicane.



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