Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vettel opts for different strategy to compensate for lack of pace

Red Bull opted to for Sebastian Vettel not to post a time in Q3, but ran him for one lap on Mediums to get ahead of anyone else who decided not to go out for the final session of qualifying. The change in tack was in response to the better pace shown by their main rivals for the weekend Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari.

Starting just behind McLaren's Jenson Button who adopted the same plan to start on medium's they will both be hoping to get ahead of everyone who is in front of them on the soft tyres which are expeted to last for only about five laps. 

"We saw some people are very fast, especially the Mercedes and Ferrari, so we decided to go in a different direction," Vettel explained.

"The soft tyres don't last long so the medium tyre seems a better race tyre.

"We have the possibility to choose, but I think it's clear what we are trying to do today.

"Whether it is smart or not we will see."

Vettel said he had been trying to complete a banker lap in Q3, just as Button did, to tyr and be the first of the medium tyre runners, but had to give up on that plan after he encountered a brake problem.

"I lost the brake pedal or something broke, so I couldn't finish the lap anyway," he said.

"I checked the tyres and there's no damage. There wasn't much load on them when I locked up."

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