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'Risky' strategy rewards Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: Our strategy was a risk today – if it works then you're the king and if it doesn't you can be the idiot! Fortunately it worked and the team did a great job.

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel 'achieved the maximum' today by finishing the F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in fourth place.

Vettel, who qualified sixth in his Renault-powered RB6, dropped down to seventh at the start and he then lost further time later on with a suspected engine glitch. However, he was soon back up to speed and a decision to wait until the very end to change tyres paid off handsomely.

Indeed it allowed him to climb back up the order and leapfrog Mercedes man, Nico Rosberg and his team-mate, Mark Webber, who was held up by the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg.

The points for fourth are crucial as they keep Vettel in touch in the battle for the drivers' championship after his DNF in Belgium and he will now go to Singapore in two weeks time with 163 on the board, 24 points - or just under one race win - off the leader.

“Our strategy was a risk today – if it works then you're the king and if it doesn't you can be the idiot! Fortunately it worked and the team did a great job,” Vettel said.

“I had a bad start and lost a lot of ground. It was difficult to pass from there, as unfortunately we don't have extra speed on the straights, so we had to fight in the corners as well as we could.

“Then around lap 20 something happened to the car, I don't know what it was, maybe there was some friction in the car, but fortunately the problem solved itself. In the meantime though, I lost connection to the group ahead and the tow, so around three to four seconds. I had to come back from there and it was a tough fight.

“The cars ahead pitted, so I stayed out as we tried to overshoot them. We were watching the lap times throughout and in the end it worked brilliantly. So, some very good points and we achieved our maximum today, which was fourth place,” he summed-up.



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Mr. Experience - Unregistered

September 13, 2010 9:28 AM

Why did Jenson pit earlier than Fernando? The tyre degradation differs from one car to another. Apart from Seb everybody pitted way earlier. Either all the other teams made huge mistakes by changing tyres far to soon and did a misinterpretation from all the data they gathered during practice or it was just a brlliant drive from Seb. To me it seems that we witnessed the real potential of Seb which is totally different from what he showed on several occasions this season. Don't forget that without the mechanical problems he encountered in earlier races, he would be leading the drivers championship by a long way. Perhaps he has learned from his mistakes and understands that sometimes it is better to have a few points less than a zero score.

Chris - Unregistered

September 12, 2010 11:33 PM

The fact Vettel was able to go 52 laps on soft tires says to me the soft tires are still too hard and there wasn't a big enough difference between the hard and soft compounds. Races would be more like Montreal (and thus more exciting) if the soft tires only realistically lasted 10-20 laps.



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