Red Bull to investigate Vettel's car

By on Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sebastian Vettel will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the pit lane after Red Bull elected to examine his car.

Vettel was thrown out of qualifying after failing to provide a sufficient fuel sample.

Although he was excluded from the results, Vettel was allowed to start from the back of the grid, but Red Bull has chosen to investigate further and start from the pit lane.

"During the slow down lap following the final run of Q3, Renault instructed to immediately stop Sebastian’s car on the circuit due to an issue with the fuel system", said team principal Christian Horner.

"After speaking with the stewards, who accepted the situation of force majeure for technical reasons for the car to be stopped, unfortunately, for reasons yet to be fully understood, 850ml of the required one litre was pumped out of the car following post race checks."

"As a result, the FIA has excluded Sebastian from qualifying and we will withdraw the car from Parc Ferme in order to investigate further. Therefore Sebastian will start from the pit lane for tomorrow’s race. We will need to make the most of Mark’s strong front-row grid position and Sebastian will have a busy evening ahead of him".

Vettel remains upbeat despite his compromised position.

"One of the best ski jumpers of all times once said ‘Every chance is an opportunity and as far as we are concerned there are still plenty of chances tomorrow", he said.


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