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Vettel: 'Everything that could go wrong, did'

"I was stuck behind Kamui but we were nowhere on the straights," he continued. "Also our tyres were suffering and we were not quick enough to fight, to go through the field because the car was damaged. I looked at the floor [after the finish] and it didn't look nice."

And that wasn't the end of it: along with the worsening conditions, Vettel also lost the ability to speak to his pit wall over the team radio, although he could still hear them. That led to confusion and miscommunication when it came to a crucial mid-race pit-stop.

"With the damage on the car, losing radio, in these conditions, when communication is so crucial," he agreed. "Stopping just a lap too early, not having the tyres ready because communication wasn't there.

"We probably did the pit stop at the wrong time," he continued. "I went on another set of dries; a lap later it started to rain. Came in for inters, the inters weren't ready because we had no radio communication, they couldn't hear me."

That cost him a lot of time, but was nonetheless the right call as the conditions deteriorated with the rain picking up in the latter stages of the race. The inclement weather also helped level the playing field and reduced the performance deficit of the damaged Red Bull.

"We obviously caught back up in the wet in intermediate conditions," agreed Vettel. "In wet conditions I think you can make up a little bit of time here and there ... You can make up for the loss of car pace that you have by probably driving a different line and trying to do something different to others.

"We had our hands full to keep the car on the track," he added. "It was very very difficult to drive the car. I was very aggressive and snapping quite a lot, so I lost the rears many times. Fortunately stayed on track most of the time!"

The race came to a premature end when Paul di Resta had a big crash two laps from the finish, which put the safety car out - but Vettel still hadn't been sure at that point where he was or where Alonso was positioned.

"I didn't know where I was for most of the time," he admitted. "Obviously I saw which position I was in on the pit board but I didn't know where Fernando was. To make out whether it was enough or not, I needed to where he was but that was not the main focus for the whole race.

"I saw the crash between Nico and Hamilton, obviously retiring, so Hulkenberg and Hamilton out of the race," Vettel explained. "I knew that Fernando was ahead, and they were ahead of him at the time that I could see during the first safety car, so I didn't know.





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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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