Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Crashing was far from ideal but well cope 06 May 2011
After crashing into the barriers during Fridays morning session, Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel was forced to watch Practice Two from the sidelines whilst a squadron of mechanics started to repair his battered and bruised RB7. But despite a serious lack of running, Vettel is feeling optimistic about how he will fare over the rest of the weekend in Istanbul
Q: Sebastian, your crash meant you missed a lot of running. Will it upset the rest of your weekend?
Sebastian Vettel: It certainly isnt what you want, but on the other hand we know the track and it is useless to cry over spilled milk. On one or two previous Fridays Ive carried out less running and did well in qualifying and the race, so our level of concern is rather low. I feel the times will be very close here. I had a bit of time in the afternoon to watch the others and my guess is that we will have a pretty close grid and an exciting race.
Q: How damaged is the car?
SV: I think everybody saw that there was nothing I could have done in that moment to stop the car from crashing into the barrier and I feel sorry for the guys for all the work I have created.
Q: Last year here in Istanbul you and your team mate Mark Webber collided
SV: What happened last year has nothing to do with what happened today. Mark and I get along well and last years incident has long been forgotten. Sure today was a bit unfortunate as the damage meant it wasnt possible to get the car ready for the afternoon practice session. That is not optimal but I am sure we will be able to live with it.
Q: How much of a disadvantage is it to have not been able to try KERS?
SV: Well, Mark was able to run it in the afternoon and he didnt have an issue with it so I expect that this will also be the case for me on Saturday.
Q: What went through your mind as you crashed into the barrier?
SV: The first reflexive thought is that nothing is going to happen to you. It was extremely slippery - one minor mistake and off you sail. And when I lost the car on the grass there was nothing I could have done to avoid an impact - cars never stop miraculously. They simply dont do. It was another lesson for me. On the other hand we are here to push the limit, and sometimes when you push past the limit you feel it.
Q: It is hard to predict what the weather will be like for the race on Sunday. If it rains, what impact will it have on the tyres and in the high-speed corners?
SV: When it rains we will change to intermediate or heavy wets and then the loads are reduced because the speeds are lower, so there is nothing to be concerned about. It will be interesting to see how many laps we can do with the respective tyres, and how many stops there will be.
Q: This afternoon you spent a lot of time you with your engineers and mechanics in the garage
SV: Well, I apologised to them for this unexpected workload. But they know that this can happen, so they forgave me! (laughs)
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