Vettel says he had no clue about tyre

By on Sunday, November 13, 2011

The start of the Abu Dhabi GP 2011

Newly crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel retired from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the first lap after a right rear puncture in his car. Having damaged his suspension on his way to pit, there was no other option for the team but to retire him.

"I got a good start and turned the first corner without any problem. As soon as I was in Turn 2, I started to try catching the car, which was unusual and then had a puncture, spun off.

"I crawled back to the pit but I damaged the suspension, so I had to retire."

This is the first retirement of two-time world champion after Korean Grand Prix last year where his engine let go.

"For sure I would like to swap with anyone to be in a car, whichever it would be. Mark showed that we had a good car. Lewis and Alonso were strong as well but I don't know what would have been in the race," said Vettel.

"We still don't know the cause. We suddenly lost pressure on the tyre. We need to investigate and learn what actually happened.

"It was tough to sit out but still a good opportunity to learn something from the wall."


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