Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vettel “surprised” by race pace after tyre worries

2011 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Sebastian Vettel indicated his relied at the performance of the Red Bull in the Belgian Grand Prix.

He had started the race amid concerns over how long his soft tyres would last having blistered them in qualifying.

Speaking in the post-race press conference he said: “We had a lot of concerns going into the race after the damage we had on the tyres from qualifying. So we weren’t quite sure and actually took quite a lot of risk.

“We had reason to be confident it should be fine but you never really know and there’s no-one walking up and down the paddock giving you a guarantee,

“We didn’t feel too comfortable and both of us stopped fairly early, right at the beginning of the race. The main target was to see how the tyres feel after a couple of laps and to go from there, really, not thinking too much about the outcome.

“But, surprisingly, the pace was very good in the race, I was feeling very comfortable in the car and without too much effort in the beginning I was able to keep up with the guys and get back into the lead.

“So halfway through the race after the safety car it was crucial to get back in the lead, jump Fernando, and build a gap, which obviously made it more comfortable towards the end of the race. But as I said it was more management than usual.

“But I have to say the car worked brilliantly and I think to compare to previous years we were very competitive.

“So I’m very, very happy with the result and very happy with the race, and how we managed the tyres in particular. So I think we need to learn from that and head now to the next race.”

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