Vettel recovers to surprise fourth after mid-race drama (Red Bull race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2010

Sebastian Vettel bounced back from a mysterious car problem early in the race to claim fourth place by pitting on the final lap.

Team mate Mark Webber further added to the team’s constructors’ championship lead with sixth place and put himself back in the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber
Qualifying position 6 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’22.675 (+0.242) 1’22.433
Race position 4 6
Average race lap 1’27.033 (-0.058) 1’27.091
Laps 53/53 53/53
Pit stops 1 1

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Sebastian Vettel

Vettel was fastest in second practice but could only manage sixth on the grid – his worst starting position of the year. The qualifying speed trap showed he had only the 16th highest top speed.

He slipped behind Michael Schumacher at the start but re-passed him at the first Lesmo on lap one.

On lap 19 Vettel slowed with what he believed was an engine problem – reports now claim that a brake stuck as he came out of the Ascari chicane. Mark Webber took seventh place off him.

But Vettel took it back by gambling on delaying his mandatory pit stop until the final lap of the race. He kept his soft tyres alive for an impressive 51 laps allowing him to move up to and hold fourth place.

Compare Sebastian Vettel’s form against his team mate in 2010

Mark Webber

Webber lost practice time when his car stopped in the second and third sessions. Despite that he out-qualified his team mate, taking fourth on the grid.

But he slipped to ninth at the start and had to fight his way past Schumacher for eighth on lap five. That became seventh after Vettel’s problem.

He spent several laps trying to pass Nico H???lkenberg, becoming increasingly frustrated at the Williams driver’s chicane-cutting and complaining about it on the radio.

He eventually passed H???lkenberg but had no time left to chase down Rosberg and was jumped by his team mate in the pit stops. Despite a frustrating race he finds himself back in the lead of the drivers’ championship.

Compare Mark Webber’s form against his team mate in 2010

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