Sebastian Vettel admitted his lightning start was absolutely crucial to his victory in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix. The world champion was able to avoid being overtaken on the long run to turn three before easing away from the chasing pack and Vettel was never troubled from there.
“It was a long race today, but it’s really great to win”, he commented. “The start was crucial, it’s always tricky here as you’re nervous about the long straight when you start from pole. Fortunately we had good traction off the line and I had a strong exit out of the first corner. We kept the lead and tried to control the race from there. I think Mercedes had more range than us today, but we were able to win which is great. It was a very strong performance from the whole team and I’m happy. We’re just focusing on continuing to take one step at a time and trying to get the best out of the car at every single race.”
Red Bull teammate Mark Webber had a miserable afternoon which ended when Adrian Sutil spun into him at the first safety car restart, triggering a fire on his RB9, and the Australian was understandably annoyed when he spoke afterwards.
“The incident with Sutil was obviously the end of my race today. It was in Turn 3 on the restart, everyone bottles back up and I was looking for a big exit on the next straight to use some KERS on Daniel (Ricciardo) and the Williams. Then Sutil, I don’t know what happened, but obviously he hit me from the inside and that was that. There was quite a lot of damage at the back of the car and I hope it hasn’t gone towards the chassis – we will have to see before the next race. Before that I was very happy with how I drove and we’d got back to a very good position before I got the puncture. After the Pirelli tyre failure on Perez’ car, I was very lucky to miss the tread of the tyre that came off and then unbelievably I managed to get a puncture from going through the debris.”