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Vettel not worried by lost track time

Sebastian Vettel unconcerned by lost track time after crash in practice for the Turkish Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel says he isn't concerned about a loss of track time after his accident in the opening free practice session of the weekend in Istanbul.

Vettel, who tops the championship standings after victory in two of the opening three races of the season, lost control of his car in wet conditions at turn eight after putting a wheel on the kerb, which sent him spinning into the barriers on the inside of the circuit.

The damage sustained in the incident was enough to rule the German out of the second session as Red Bull worked on repairs, which means the defending champion was unable to complete any running in the dry ahead of final practice and qualifying on Saturday.

However, despite the lost track time, Vettel insisted he wasn't too worried and was confident of bouncing back during the remainder of the weekend.

“There wasn't much I could do to stop the car from hitting the wall this morning - but the most important thing is that I'm fine,” he said. “Unfortunately we couldn't get the car ready in time for this afternoon's session, as there was too much damage, so I'm sorry to the guys. It makes things a bit more difficult, but I don't think it will be a problem, we know the track well from other years and, in the end, it was only one afternoon that we have lost.

“I'm still confident - it looks pretty close. I was able to watch the times today, which was something different.”

Vettel had posted only the 17th quickest time in FP1 prior to his accident having only completed limited laps before going off.

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May 06, 2011 6:12 PM

da. unfortunately there are those who delight in anyone having a problem with their car, particularly if its a non-brit. i cant see vettel being inconvenienced very much. many drivers have binned their cars in practice, and have bounced back the next day. these are professionals.

Rob01 - Unregistered

May 06, 2011 8:55 PM

The German has already admitted the accident was a driver error but instead of hiding away in his team's motorhome, he spent Friday afternoon with his mechanics in the garage. "It was only fair," he said. "Obviously I apologised, because it was not my intention to damage the car. But this is racing, this can happen. The most important thing is that we are still here. He did good by the team. I give him high marks for stepping forward and taking total blame.

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