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Vettel: We need to come back strong at next race

Sebastian Vettel: I was struggling a little in the first stint on the intermediate tyres. Lewis [Hamilton] was a bit faster and then I went into Turn 2 too deep...

Sebastian Vettel has said Red Bull Racing need to 'make sure they come back strong' at the next race.

Vettel missed out on the win again today in Hungary and while second place was still good enough to allow him to extend his lead by eight points in the race for the F1 2011 drivers' title - he is now 85 points up on his closest rival, team-mate Mark Webber – the speed of the McLarens and the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso is getting to be something of a concern.

Indeed in the last five races Vettel has won only once and that may pray on his mind over the summer break, especially with the next event in Belgium not taking place until the end of August.

“I was struggling a little in the first stint on the intermediate tyres. Lewis [Hamilton] was a bit faster and then I went into Turn 2 too deep, it was quite tricky – he was pushing quite hard and I tried to be on the edge,” Vettel reflected.

“At some stage I realised it would be too late, so I opened the car because I know the white lines and the green paint afterwards is very slippery, so it's easy to have a spin, and I lost the lead.

“After that the track surface was drying. I think we could have maybe come in a lap earlier and then I was on the super-softs – I was feeling quite good initially, but there was quite a lot of drop off, I think it was the same for all of us.

“In the last stint, I did feel I had more speed in the car, but with 20 laps to go it was difficult to know how hard it was going to be at the end, so I couldn't push as hard as I would have liked, but still, second today is an important step.

“The McLarens are strong in all sorts of conditions and it's clear that for two races now they have made a step forward; we need to make sure we come back strong for the next race.”




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30.07.2011 Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7
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cknopp - Unregistered

July 31, 2011 11:49 PM

OMFG people... Seb is 85 points clear, period. RBR has not won the last 3 races, period. Ferrari and McLaren have closed the car gap, period. Seb finishing the season 7th or better wins him championship #2, period. Everything else is just crying because you like someone else, period. Only bigots deny facts in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Chris - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 3:16 AM

At you Vettel haters. 1st win, 1st pole for Toro Roso. Vettel. The only pole and win for that team. The first win for Red Bull? Vettel. Couthard and Webber could not do it. 1st drivers championship for Red Bull? Vettel again. He does not need to prove he can overtake. He did enough of it early in his carrier. Anybody remember the drive thru penalty for more than 10 places to the pace car? Broken spark plug, lug nut that was not put on properly? The young man has paid his dues. He holds records for the youngest point scorer, youngest pole setter and youngest winner ever. Give him his recognition and stop being so hard on him. He does not need to overtake. The objective is to win the world Championship and he is one his way. How any drivers do we remember that won more races and still did not win the championship at the end of the season? The kid is good. End of story.



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