Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2011

Vettel pays tribute to Renault after Korea win

2011 Korean Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2011

Sebastian Vettel praised the efforts of engine supplier Renault after winning in Korea.

Vettel, who retired from the race with engine failure while leading last year, said: “It was fantastic, after last weekend the drivers’ championship, this weekend the constructors’ championship for the team, fantastic.

“And also I wanted to say, particularly in this place, a lot of thanks to Renault. They’ve been pushing so hard. I think as a team we’ve shown a lot of morale after last year, when we had the engine failure here.

“To come back and still win the championship last year, this year faultless from the Renault side, and the engine is working fantastically well.

“We were very competitive on those circuits with long straights like Monza or here again. All in all the package is fantastic, the guys are enjoying and I think we do as well. So thank you very much and I am very, very happy today.”

Vettel was pleased with his car’s performance after McLaren appeared quicker during the race weekend:

“I think it’s good to see that the whole team keeps on pushing. Obviously in terms of preparation it wasn’t ideal because I think most of us were a bit tipsy after the last race, after the Sunday night. But I think we deserved that.

“And now to come here, after a tough Friday and a tough Saturday morning, to come back in qualifying and then, in the race, the car was fantastic it was was so much fun to drive, the car was getting quicker and quicker.

“When the safety car I didn’t really need that to be honest, Lewis came close again and I was struggling a little bit with the tyres. But then the car seemed to stabilise and come back and I was able to open the gap just before we had the second pit stop and then to the end it was fantastic I was able to push when I had to and then obviously got a little bit of the gap because those guys were fighting.”

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