Sunday, November 13, 2011

Abu Dhabi GP 2011 | Sebastian Vettel blog | Unfortunate end

World champion Sebastian Vettel suffered his biggest disappointment of the season at the Abu Dhabi GP on Sunday. In his latest blog, the German explains why he was forced to retire after an unexplained puncture on the first lap ended his race prematurely

by Sebastian Vettel, Nov 13, 2011

A final hello from Abu Dhabi!

We would have wanted a different result today but now it's over there's nothing we can do about it. We don't actually know why I lost the car on the first lap and all I can say is that it happened so fast it was a complete surprise to me too.

It was a pity because I got off to an amazing start but suddenly I lost all of the air out of the back tyre and my race was over.

I tried to nurse the car back to the pit to see if the guys could do something to save the race, but they saw immediately that it was impossible to continue.

'I tried to nurse the car back... but it was irreparable'

On the way back round, the tyre had fallen off completely – taking part of the suspension with it which was irreparable. It's really sad, but there was nothing we could have done to prevent it.

Some might say that one retirement isn't that bad because we've already won the two championships, but that's not the way we think. We had a really good feeling before the start, the car was in great shape and we had the potential for a great race.

Sadly, we won't find out how we would have got on and it's something we have to accept. All we can do is sit down together, watch the footage and find out what happened so we can understand it. Then we'll concentrate on the last race in Brazil to make sure we can end this season in style and shine once again.

Thank you for all of your support! We'll do better next time!

All the best,


Source: Red Bull

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