Vettel accepts partial blame

Sebastien Vettel has partly accepted the blame for the first lap accident which saw him lose part of his front wing.

Vettel had had his best qualifying effort to date with the team and was hoping for a good race. However, his plans were scuppered when he ran into the back of the Super Aguri of Anthony Davidson at the second chicane meaning he had to come into the pits for repairs at the end of the lap. Vettel eventually finished the race in 18th place.

“My start was OK”, Vettel explained. “And then I saw David coming up my right hand side which forced me to go round the outside, and then in the second chicane, unfortunately, I ran into Davidson.

“It was partly my fault. I was happy the Safety Car came out as I didn t lose too much. But later, I had big problems with the brakes and we will have to find out what caused it. I was hardly able to stop the car and, at this high speed track, you need to have confidence in the brakes. Today was a bit frustrating after I had a good day yesterday.”

Team-mate Tonio Liuzzi was fairly upbeat about the race. “The most positive thing from this weekend is that we saw the chequered flag again,” he remarked.

“In the race, we did not have enough pace to get ahead of the cars in front. From my point of view, I had a good race although I had a bit of understeer in the first stint which cost me a lot of time.

“My second stint was quite strong. Our pace was not too bad after we improved the car on Saturday morning, but in qualifying we did not get the most out of the car. We struggled to start with other cars when we were in their slipstream as I really lost a lot of downforce when I was near to other cars. All we can do now is to look forward to trying again in Spa.”