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Vettel: 'Everything that could go wrong, did'

Winning his third title was no easy walk in the park for Sebastian Vettel, who admitted that nearly everything that could have gone wrong for the team did so during the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel might be waking up on Monday as a triple world champion, but he'll know all too well that the season could have ended very differently for him during the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.

"I think everything that could go wrong went wrong," said Vettel. "Just look at the stuff that went wrong. It's hard enough if you lose radio communication for a start in these circumstances, because if there are any circumstances where you really need to talk, it's these.

"Then we got turned around, the car was damaged since lap one, we were dead last, we came again; we came back, changeable conditions all the time, we did a stop for nothing which cost 20-22 seconds and had to come in again when it started to rain the lap after. But still we finished sixth."

Just seconds after the start of the race at Interlagos, he had run into Bruno Senna and was spun 180 degrees at turn 4 with serious damage to the Red Bull's sidepod and underfloor. It could have been the end of the day for him, and the end of his championship hopes right there and then.

"I got the hit in turn 4 for no reason. I don't know what happened," said Vettel, talking of that heart-stopping moment. "[Senna] was probably fighting someone into turn four. It was drizzling since the start of the formation lap and it was quite slippery in turn four, we knew that. Maybe he forgot ... I was the car that he used to stop himself. They didn't help us."

That left the Red Bull facing the wrong way into oncoming traffic, and Vettel fearing a second impact at any moment that would have ended his day for good.

"I had a lot of cars coming and I was in the wrong way. I went off the brakes, because obviously everyone was going in this direction and to join them, I tried to roll down hill and avoid cars driving backwards and we kept the car damage to a limit."

After escaping any further collisions, Vettel managed to get underway again. He proceeded to nurse the wounded car around another 70 laps to get to the finish in sixth place despite clearly struggling for pace at times.

"Obviously we could see in the dry conditions later on that the pace wasn't there," he admitted. "I was obviously slow down the straights, which made it very easy for others to pass us and very difficult for us to pass someone.





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kimifan - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 12:26 PM

more than what happen to his race, the collision between Hulk and Lewis was the worst thing for Seb, Until then Alonso was not even in title race with a fourth place finish.

RT - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 1:39 PM

Are you people really saying Vettel caused the collision with Senna? What are you smoking? I want some of that! Vettel was on the dry racing line and Senna tried to cut on the inside but locked up off the racing line in the wet off line. If you watch,the first turns up until the accident, Seb was going slow and cautious as to not ruin his race with contact. Do you really think he would try to fight for that spot with Senna? Both Williams drivers have a huge lack of judgements and are always fighting for spaces that don't exist. Disappearing wedges. And no, I Alonso does not deserve anything other than 2nd place. He is a great driver and even with all his help from his teammate couldn't get it done. Webber finished 2 spots in front of Vettel! That is a true champion. No team orders. Now go back to the drawing board and see if you scan find any design scraps from Newey's trash can that you can find to use. Anything would be better than that slow F2012 car.



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