Vettel says no time to dwell on German Grand Prix defeat

Sebastian Vettel says Red Bull Racing must waste no time dwelling on what went wrong at the Nurburgring, if it is going to make the response it needs at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix

Vettel says no time to dwell on German Grand Prix defeat

The world championship leader finished off the podium for the first time this year at the German GP, in a race that has prompted talk he could yet face a challenge for title glory this year.

And although his form over the Nurburgring is something of a mystery, because he has been so dominant earlier on in the campaign, Vettel says that he and his outfit must think only of putting things right this time out.

"We have obviously analysed what happened, but we have to refocus on this race - because we cannot spend our time thinking too much about the Nurburgring and then not focusing on starting the practice tomorrow," said Vettel after arriving at the Hungaroring.

"We finished third and fourth. It is a result which is not a disaster, but we are not happy with it. You can't be satisfied but in a way we have to accept it.

"For here our target is not to finish third and fourth. We want to do better. But we have a couple of things playing around, trying to make the package a little bit more competitive once again."

He added: "We can't change the result of the Nurburgring, but we can change the result here. There is no point trying to find any kind of excuses, the race is done. People who finished ahead of me deserved to be ahead of me, but I am not happy with that. I want it the other way around this weekend."

Vettel says that his poor performance at the Nurburgring was the result of him failing to find the perfect balance - although quite why that happened has not been fully explained.

"It was a tricky weekend with the conditions," he said. "I don't want to blame the conditions or anything, Mark was a bit quicker around the weekend and struggling to feel comfortable in the car, so I could never find a good balance.

"We had not the easiest time and we have understood most of it. When we have more time in the break to look at the Nurburgring again we will do so. It is very hard to say we only had three days."

With McLaren and Ferrari have beaten Red Bull Racing at the Nurburgring, Vettel says he is expecting as tough a fight this weekend as he has faced in recent races - rather than the dominance that his outfit delivered in Hungary 12 months ago.

"Every race is different - the conditions can be very different, the circuits are different," he said. "We were very competitive here last year so we will see, but the car is not last year's car, it is a new car.

"It's a new challenge again, so we see what we can do, but we expect Ferrari and McLaren to be very quick and to be our main rivals.

"Looking over three, four or five races, you can speak of a tendency and you can say Ferrari in particular have improved their pace and they are getting quicker and quicker. Surely they are one of the favourites going into this race."

shares
comments
Fernando Alonso says Red Bull is still the dominant force in Formula 1
Previous article

Fernando Alonso says Red Bull is still the dominant force in Formula 1

Next article

2012 Formula 1 calendar set for major overhaul

2012 Formula 1 calendar set for major overhaul
Load comments
How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle Plus

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle

Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1 Plus

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing was briefly one of the biggest names on the US motorsports scene, but its ambition outstripped its resources. STUART CODLING relates the story of a Formula 1 campaign cut off in its prime

Formula 1
Oct 26, 2021
The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory Plus

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement Plus

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021