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Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Hungary lapse already in the past 02 Aug 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB6 at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010 Podium (L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, Darren Nicholls (GBR) Red Bull Racing, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010

Disappointment was written all over Sebastian Vettel’s face as he received his third place trophy on the Budapest podium. It should have been his race, but the Red Bull driver could not reap the rewards from his prior dominance of the weekend. He may have been angry at the time, but Vettel is not one to dwell on what might have been, and after a few days relaxing at home he’ll be concentrating on Spa…

Q: Sebastian, you dominated the whole weekend and then ended up P3 in the race. Can you find cause for joy in this?
Sebastian Vettel:
Well, these are still good points but I should have won and a little negligence from my side trashed it all. I was so sure that the safety car would stay out a bit longer and the punishment I received for that lapse was quite severe. But it does not help to cry over spilled milk.

Q: The drive-through penalty - was that something you take the blame for, or should the team have supervised you in any form? Or at least reminded you of the rules…
SV:
I think the main issue was that in the first part of the race we lost the audio contact - what the reason was for that we will have to find out - and that was probably the start of all the misfortune. In the end I didn’t do myself any favours in giving Mark (Webber) so much space, as I have lost ground to him. I don’t have much more to say about it. I was fastest all weekend long and was always the faster of the two of us - except for the race.

Q: You made some unmistakable gestures from the car during your drive-through. When did the first rush of anger pass?
SV:
I was there in the car not knowing why I’d got a drive-through penalty, so understandably I was not too happy - and I showed it! Because after that penalty I was stuck behind that red car and from then on my race was over. I’d been much faster but on this track it’s impossible to overtake without the danger of sailing off the track and I wanted to bring these points back home.

Q: Do you think that the penalty was justified?
SV:
I don’t want to go out on a limb in this matter. It is just stupid to believe that I transgressed the distance to the safety car on purpose and as to whether the drive-through was a just measure I would not know. In Hockenheim a wrongdoing was punished with a fine - this time with a drive-through!

Q: There was at least one positive side to your race: Lewis Hamilton didn’t get any points at all and if you look at the drivers’ championship everything is still wide open. How easy is it for you to put this race behind you and look forward positively?
SV:
Ah, that is never a problem for me. The following day I’ve put everything behind me. It’s simply not good to start reflecting on what could have happened without this lapse, because in this way you keep yourself stuck in something that is already a thing of the past. Sure, the summer break would have been a bit more relaxing with a win - especially when I was holding it almost in my hand and let it slip away.