Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel cannot make a good start in Chinese GP; he was start from eleventh and dropped some places and goes down 15th place. Red Bull strategy helps him and set fifth place in China.
Vettel says that it was a difficult race and he also pleased with 5th place and valuable points from 15th and he admits Red Bull too slow in strait line and they loosing lots of time there.
“It was getting more and more difficult,” Vettel admitted. “I had nothing left in the tyres. I knew that the only chance was trying to escape from Kimi [Raikkonen]. I think he ran into the same kind of problem.”
“I think it was the same here last year,” said Vettel. It was a bit different, but the last five laps were the same – people from behind eating me up as I had no tyres left.
“You try to get them back to life, get a little bit more out of them, but they were pretty dead. I tried to react with brake balance, diff, everything I had, but there was nothing I could have done.
“A shame because the podium was so close and yet so far. Nevertheless, good points and a good recovery from 15th. We were generally too slow on the straights,” he said. “We were losing a lot of time there. That made it extremely difficult to pass, to be honest.”
“I think I missed out a little bit on the start,” Vettel admitted. “I was a bit too late. I wasn’t entirely happy finding the revs and I was a bit confused. Usually I’m pretty quick when the lights go off, but today I think I was one of the last ones. I didn’t wake up enough.
“Then I was behind the Williams and at Turn 1 they crashed into each other a little bit and I had to hit the brakes and I didn’t know what was going to happen. Then I lost another couple of positions – I nearly lost a position to Heikki Kovalainen in the Caterham so I think it was a really bad stage on the first lap. With the strategy we managed to kind of come back.”
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