Vettel aiming to be 'smart' over penalties

By on Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel says he will need to be 'smart' with engine penalties if he is to minimise the damage a grid drop will inflict on one of his remaining five race weekends.

Vettel is one of a handful of drivers just one component change away from copping a 10 place grid drop, a fate which has already befallen Toro Rosso racer Daniil Kvyat.

While admitting that a grid drop is inevitable before the end of 2014, Vettel is sure Red Bull can be tactical and limit the damage to his race prospects.

"The rules are as they are but surely at some stage we have to take some penalties, which penalties those will be is not entirely clear yet," he said.

"We're waiting for some parts, we're hoping that we get as far as we can but it's inevitable to go for an extra engine on my side - which is already 10 positions after qualifying.

"Potentially there is more waiting for us - which is only a consequence of the poor season we had, first half of the season, in terms of reliability. But that's something we knew back then.

"Now we have to figure out what is the smartest plan, let's say, and the smartest track to come up with a penalty."

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