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Vettel says 2012 F1 downforce lost with regulations changing

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Sebastian Vettel says that 2012 Formula 1 is too tricky because new regulations changing affected 2012 car’s downforce level.

In last race at Valencia Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took qualifying top and in race 20+ seconds clear gap before the Safety Car with second runners but unfortunately he retired from the race.

Defending world champion said some of the updates have not worked as the team had hoped and that the development race is proving to be one of the most difficult in recent years.

“Obviously everyone lost quite a lot of downforce with the regulations changing this year and it seems to be tricky to get it back,” he said.

If you are happy with what you have then sooner or later you will get beaten so we always try to improve the car and it doesn’t seem to be as straightforward as previous years. I don’t know about the other teams, but for us it was not so straightforward and easy and as I said we pulled some bits that didn’t give us the benefit we were looking for.”

“We did make a step forward in Valencia that I was very happy about and the team was very happy about.

But if you look at the weekend, we had a very good straightforward weekend on my side and a very smooth race up until the point where we had the failure.

You don’t have that kind of situation every weekend where everything just seems to run and work. So that can make a difference on top of what we did with the car. We need to confirm it here first of all. It’s a different track so that’s why we have to be patient.”


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