Frustration and apologies at Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel - DNF“We were in second and a strong position, but then, a couple of laps from the end, I had a stupid racing accident with Robert (Kubica). At the time I turned in I was ahead, but I couldn’t keep up speed in the corner and Robert was on a harder tyre, so was much quicker. At the time we collided he was in front, but I had nowhere to go, I couldn’t stop the car, or turn to the right and my tyres were gone."

"It’s a shame as it meant the end of the race for both of us. Should I have let him go? You always want to fight. Maybe I should have said let him go and bring third back home, but that’s life.  I tried to defend and, up to the mid-corner, I had reason, but then I had no grip to avoid a collision. I’m sorry to the team and also to Robert, as it didn’t just mean the end of my race, but also his."

"The team did a good job, we were working very hard over the winter and the car seems to be very good. We had good pace today, so overall we have a reason to smile.”

Mark Webber - 13th“That was frustrating at my home race. I was so disappointed to drive round with a damaged car. I wanted a good result for the fans today, but we’ll do our best to recover from the next race on – it would have been nice to have got a good result here. My start wasn’t too bad. I got to Turn one and was making sure I got through there clean, but then Rubens (Barrichello) came in to the side of me pretty hard and that was it really. I lost a huge amount of down force; we had a lot of damage and I wasn’t going to be a threat to anyone after that. It was a tough day for the team but we’ll be back, I’m happy that Malaysia is in only a weeks’ time.”

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