PreviousNext

Sebastian Vettel hopes his tyre gamble won't blow up as Red Bull chase glory in Spain

By // Sports | Sebastian Vettel hopes his tyre gamble won't blow up as Red Bull chase glory in Spain
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 09:45 EST, 12 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:52 EST, 12 May 2012

Sebastian Vettel is hoping a tactical qualifying gamble will reap its rewards in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel will start eighth after failing to set a time in the top-10 shoot-out, aborting his hot lap in order to give him 'a free choice of tyres' on which to start the race.

With wear and degradation of the Pirelli tyres crucial ahead of the event, grid position is potentially not as important as has so often been the case at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

Gamble: Sebastian Vettel will start from 8th on the grid with a free choice of race tyre

Gamble: Sebastian Vettel will start from 8th on the grid with a free choice of race tyre

In 21 races at this track the man on pole has gone on to win on 16 occasions, whilst only once has the victor not come from the front row, in 1996 when Michael Schumacher won from third.

But in this topsy-turvy season, in which there have been four different winners in the opening four races, it would not be a surprise if those statistics were turned on their head.

Reigning champion Vettel said: 'There was nothing wrong. We decided to abort the lap to have a free choice of tyres for the race. If I had set a lap (time) we would have to start the race on soft tyres.

Point to prove: World champion Vettel leads the drivers' championship

Point to prove: World champion Vettel leads the drivers' championship

'In Q2 the first run was crucial. I didn't manage to pull a lap out, so I had to use my final set of (soft) tyres to get into Q3.'

Vettel has conceded, though, his Red Bull was 'simply not quick enough', adding: 'We'll see how it goes for tomorrow. We were a bit surprised how much of a step the others have made, but I'm quite confident for the race, we always have a good race car.

'And we have a couple of new sets (of the hard tyre) which has proved successful for others in previous races this year.'

Supporting Vettel, who currently leads the title race by four points from Lewis Hamilton who grabbed pole with ease, team boss Christian Horner said: 'It's a very different game this year. Ultimately Sebastian didn't have great one-lap pace - maybe it was the wind - but you have to look at it two ways.

'Going into the race with four new sets of tyres is an advantage. Mark (Webber, who qualified 12th) has four sets of new tyres.

'Seb has effectively used one more set, so F1 is a strategic game.'

  • Shifting sands: The final resting place of the Kittyhawk P-40 has been discovered in the Saharan desert 70 years after it crashed thereFrozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War plane...
  • Tori NakolParents' agony after daughter, 15, is found hanged in her...
  • Disturbing viewing: The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming babyMalaysian mother, 18, is jailed after 'sadistic' beating of...
  • The New York City Police Department has opened its vaults and released some of the most bloodcurdling images of the 20th century: its catalog of killers and their victimsThe REAL New York underworld: Chilling black and white...
  • Emmelyn Roettger, from Washington, D.C., became a member of the high-IQ society when she was just two. But she proved on the Today show that, while she is a genius, she is still just three years old.Mensa's youngest member, 3, appears on Today show... and...
  • winslet-jonesHow being pear-shaped like Kate Winslet is better for women...
  • 'Sweet angel': Nine-year-old Katelynn Arnold was found hanged by a tree in her backyard after her half-brother allegedly tied a rope around her neckBoy, 14, 'murdered half sister, 9, by tying tire swing rope...
  • ChernobylNever-seen-before shots of Chernobyl nuclear disaster that...
  • A masseur at the posh Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan has claimed that John Travolta was blacklisted for three years from the hotel's spa for inappropriate behaviour.John Travolta was BANNED from top New York hotel spa for...
  • Michelle Kazmierczak, a 5th grade teacher, was put on leave Monday afternoonTeacher 'sent naked photos of herself to daughter's...
  • asdfMother, 32, accused of 'having sex with daughter's...
  • A Houston man is facing criminal charges for posting a video onto YouTube of himself and his ex-girlfriend having sexSpurned boyfriend puts sex tape with his ex on YouTube after...
Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha

An Australian DJ has made a face-to-face apology to the family of a nurse who killed herself after she put her through to the Duchess of ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Kym Marsh fling with personal trainer, Matt Baker

Her marriage to Jamie Lomas ended in October and now Kym Marsh has sparked romance rumours after spending Valentine's weekend in Paris with her personal ... Full story

Nicole Scherzinger shows off a bit too much

NICOLE Scherzinger and fellow leading ladies at this year's Brits spent hours getting ready for the big night.But once the after-parties kicked in, their extensive ... Full story

Mother arrested after11-month-old daughter mauled to death by dog

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after her “beautiful and adorable” 11-month-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog.Ava Jayne Marie ... Full story

London Tube strike cancelled after last minute talks

A planned 48-hour strike by London Underground workers in a row over ticket office closures has been called off after a last-minute deal was agreed.Members ... Full story

First woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed ‘by Christmas’

The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be appointed before the end of this year, the Church’s most senior official has disclosed.William ... Full story

Bank of England must move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility

The Bank of England must "get back to basics" and move away from its rigid unemployment target or risk losing credibility, former Bank policymakers have ... Full story

Hollywood child star Shirley Temple dies at age 85

Shirley Temple, the American actress, singer and dancer, has died at her home in California from natural causes.Temple, who began her film career in 1932 ... Full story

Comment on: Sebastian Vettel hopes his tyre gamble won't blow up as Red Bull chase glory in Spain

Rate this article

0

Featured author

julian nwogu

Breaking News

Theresa May sleeps for five or six hours each night: 'There's a lot of work to do'

Theresa May survives on just five or six hours of sleep – only a little more than Margaret Thatcher, whom she has been compared to ...

Cliff Richard to sue BBC over filming police raid on his Berkshire home, after sexual abuse claim

Sir Cliff Richard may sue the BBC over its coverage of the police raid on his home. The singer will seek damages for breach of privacy, ...

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool match report: Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle shine as Reds haunted by Palace yet again

In the mud and rain in south London it will not have been just the defeat that caused Brendan Rodgers to retreat, brooding, into his ...

Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later

When it comes to promoting equality of the sexes, we tend to think that we’ve come a long way in the past 40 years. But a ...

Scots buy and spend more for Christmas gifts compared to 'stingy' Londoners

A new north-south divide is brewing in the run-up to the yuletide season after it was revealed people in Scotland are more generous with Christmas ...

Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict

Britain approved the sale of arms to Israel worth £7m in the six months before its offensive on Gaza this summer, including components for drones, ...

Lewis Hamilton wins the F1 2014 Drivers' Championship: Hamilton takes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory to secure second title

Lewis Hamilton claimed a second Formula One world championship with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton, who won his first title in 2008, took ...

Coventry smash leaves car split in two but driver and children escape unharmed

A man and two children escaped with their lives last night when their car split in two after a crash in Coventry. The vehicle careered off ...

Bill Cosby: More women accuse actor of sexual assault

Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by four new women over the weekend. Kristina Ruehli alleges that the comedy actor tried to force her ...

Bill Cosby: More women accuse actor and comedian of sexual assault

Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by four new women over the weekend. Kristina Ruehli alleges that the comedy actor tried to force her ...