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F1 British Grand Prix: Vettel criticises Alonso’s defence

Sebastian Vettel believes Fernando Alonso was overly aggressive when trying to defend his position during the British Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel believes Fernando Alonso was overly aggressive when trying to defend his position during the British Grand Prix.

The two world champions engaged in an enthralling battle for fifth place in the closing laps of the race, with Vettel often attempting moves but being repelled by the Ferrari. Ultimately Vettel made it through at Copse, but not before both drivers had complained about the other over team radio. When it was put to Vettel that Alonso had been complaining of Red Bull using DRS in the wrong places, Vettel replied: “Oh yeah? How does that work?! It doesn't work.”

And Vettel himself complained that he felt Alonso had gone too far when trying to defend his position during their fight.

“Twice I thought it was too much in to Turn 6 after the Wellington Straight. I tried obviously to make a move around the outside and I was slightly in front. I knew that he would try everything to stay ahead but obviously my nose was in front so in that regard I dictate the corner radius and he has to adapt but twice he didn't.

“So I went on the brakes and got out of the corner to avoid a collision basically. When you race Fernando you know it's tough, you know he doesn't give you much room but in the end obviously I made it through. So that was good, but it was very close.

“About the DRS that doesn't make any sense because you can only use the DRS from a systems point of view and a software point of view in the DRS zones. If the Ferrari can use it in other places that might explain some things! But honestly he must have seen something else.”

Asked if it had been an enjoyable race, Vettel replied: “Of course the battle in the end was, but we went for the wrong strategy. So I'm bitter because it could have been a podium easily.”



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jsa

July 06, 2014 8:25 PM

I wondered if Vettel would have been whinging if the foot was on the other foot and he was the one in front. He should go back and watch his previous races when he was the one in front and defending. What a hypocrite and whinger!!!!!!! Winning four championships with a grossly superior car from pole position running off in the distance doesnt make you are a great champion, Lots of others who have won less will be remember as great champions than Vettel. Champions are not only the drivers who win but those who achieve beyond expectations in average or below average cars. This year Vettel has had a just above average car and achieved below average performances with it compared to his less experienced team mate. Needs to grow up and mature and stop crying to his two mummies Marko and Horner. A four time world champion in record books only!!!!!!!



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