Vettel: “I was sleeping” at restart

2010 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2010

Sebastian Vettel was unhappy with the drive-through penalty that cost him a likely win in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He was hit with a penalty for failing to stay close enough to the leader Mark Webber as the race restarted.

Vettel admitted in the press conference he hadn’t been ready for the restart:

It was a very easy race because we had a pace advantage. At the restart I was sleeping and I was probably relying too much on the radio. In the first stint I lost the radio and didn’t hear anything. I was waiting for an instruction when the first car was coming in.

Also Mark, when the safety car is coming in the leader usually drops back, but he was very close.

Then when I saw Mark and the safety car very close to each other and the safety car was going into the pits I realised what was going on.

I am very disappointed because it would have been a walk in the park today.
Sebastian Vettel

He gestured angrily with his hands when he came in to serve the drive-through penalty during the race. He said afterwards he didn’t understand why he’d been given the penalty:

I didn’t understand what was going on and why I’d been penalised. So it was a question mark for me, I didn’t understand at the time.
Sebastian Vettel

Vettel ended the race in third place.

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  1. A drive thru penalty is cheaper than $100,000 fine for showing team tactics to manipulate the result. The problem was he was meant to give mark a gap on the restart but not that big a gap that he would break the 10 car length rule. Perhaps the team wrongly assumed he knew the rule. So in this scenario, which is my speculation, seb might be angry at mark for taking off so quickly and the team for not explaining it. He would feel he followed team orders and been robbed of the win. Note the team advised him on the radio to say nothing on the way in, they would talk about it. Yep,…get the story right ” i was sleeping” to avoid a fine. And i cant help suspecting mark, being an older and wiser head, might have known exactly how to play his part to ensure it was himself in 1st. I am sure he would have known the restart rule.

    1. That was my first thought about why it had happened but there was no team radio indicating it had happened (hardly surprising given Vettel’s apparently wasn’t working) and Horner denied any such instruction had been given.

      1. Even for a low clever driver there is no need to comment by radio that strategy, your team mate has not pit yet so give him enough gap and we will make a 1 2 victory and if somebody ask say “my fault I was sleeping”. Someone may think you are and idiot but if you win at the end who cares.

        But in Ferrari there is no way to do such a clever movement and the need to say phrases like “comfirm you understood” after hearing Massa┬┤s question to his box “wich position is webber after his pit stop?”… a driver who is more than a second lap faster than you? and after 43 laps? are you sleeping too?

        sleeping and driving should be banned!!!

  2. One thing which many of us forget is that he is relatively a ROOKIE against his championship rivals so I think he will take sometime to get on things. One thing he needs to learn that he need to keep his cool under bad conditions when you lose something you can’t do anything but do that next best thing,so second place today is what he all deserve.

    1. dont you mean 3rd?

      everyone would be happy if he did come 2nd.

      1. Yes I meant second, it was my mistake.

  3. Mark saw this coming . With Seb so far behind, if he could make a quick pullaway after the SC came in, there would be a good chance Vettel would be unaware of what was hapenning, the distance could be stretched and Vettel could have been penalised.
    Seb should have been closer and been in a position to take Mark from behind the SC. Vettel probably did not want to risk another coming together with Mark.
    I just find it so infuriating that Seb loses because he always tries to do the right thing, Mark instead is a fighter and will put Seb into the barriers if need be.
    Seb needs to learn to fight!

    1. Mark must have seen him with his eyes closed and took off you reckon? LOL

      Mark could not get any further away than the Safety Car, it was Sebs fault and no one else but himself to blame.

      you dont let another car get this far infront.

      1. I reckon Mark saw the distance between them and the opportunity. I dont think that’s wrong , it does show that Seb must watch out for himself.

  4. Chris Powell
    2nd August 2010, 9:20

    you’re joking right? lol.

  5. To be honest i enjoy watching Vettel suffer. I hope Mark pips him again in spa!

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