Despite Vettel s lapse of concentration leading to punting Mark Webber off the track and leading to his early retirement, Vettel s boss Franz Tost is not prepared to criticize his young driver over the crash.
Vettel had a storming early part of the race and was on-course for a podium when he ran into the back of Webber under safety car conditions. Although it cost Toro Rosso their first podium finish, Tost is positive about the pace shown by Vettel and not too unhappy at the missed opportunity.
“It is mixed emotions, that is what motor racing is – ups and downs,” Tost told explained “At the end, the positive emotions are a plus. First of all Sebastian showed a fantastic race, a fantastic performance. He showed that he is skilled to drive a F1 car, and unfortunately it happened during a safety car phase. This is something ridiculous, but it happened.
“But I must say we are much more looking forward to what I expect will be successful future with Sebastian, than thinking about this mistake. He was very disappointed, but that is racing and the emotions must be stopped now. We are looking forward for the last two races and I am convinced that he will be 100 percent concentrated for his job in Shanghai and then we go to Sao Paolo.
“Anyway for Sebastian this year is a preparation for the future and I think all the race experience, especially after such incidents, will help him in the future. That is what counts.”