Sebastian Vettel was relieved to return to winning ways in the 2010 European Grand Prix, but also stated his relief that his team-mate was not injured in his collision with Heikki Kovalainen.
Following Lewis Hamilton’s drive-thru penalty, the German’s drive was largely untroubled as he recorded his second win of the season around the Valencia Street Circuit.
However, Red Bull’s did not experience a trouble-free day, as Mark Webber was involved in a high-flying accident with Heikki Kovalainen. The Australian’s car was thrown into the air as it climbed over the back of the stricken Lotus – before spearing off into the crash barriers.
Thankfully Webber remained unharmed, but fell further behind in the title race.
Sebastian Vettel – 1st: “It’s good to be back winning and on a circuit where we didn’t expect to be that strong. But we were quick enough at all times in the race to pull away, find the gap and then guide the car home, but it wasn’t as easy as expected. It’s good to get a lot of Championship points and the guys can be extremely proud, so a good weekend for them. Most important of all today is the fact that Mark had quite a big shunt but he’s fine – it shows that the cars get safer and safer but still there is a lot of risk so it’s good that he’s OK.”
Mark Webber – DNF:“I was going a lot faster than Heikki and then a long, long way before the braking point he braked – about 8m before – and at that point I’m a passenger. The car, thank God, was very safe. I am OK, I lost some points, but in the end when you’re up there, you’re not worried about points, I was worried that I was OK and ready for Silverstone. You cannot control where you are going and how hard the hits are going to be. Of course, the hits were pretty hard but it’s good that I am OK. It was my Monte Carlo and Barcelona winning chassis and one which has secured a lot of pole positions, so the chassis has been good to me, and it has been good to me today as it saved me from some injures. I remain incredibly positive, we go on, it’s half way through the Championship. Bloody hell, let’s get on with it.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal:“The most important thing today is that Mark Webber is safe and OK. After a very nasty accident, he’s fine. Sebastian drove a very mature race and controlled his pace perfectly. After some bad luck recently, this result will be a boost for his confidence. Finally, congratulations to all members of the team for the relentless hard work that is getting performance to the car at each race. We now look forward to Silverstone in two weeks time.”
Fabrice Lom, Renault, Principal Engineer Track Support: “Very mixed feelings, we are very happy for Seb, he won the race, from the beginning to the end with no trouble and the engine worked very well – it was the perfect weekend for one side of the garage. Unfortunately we had a bit accident with Mark and we are very, very happy that he is safe, he is OK. Overall it was a good weekend for the car, the performance was very good. We lose some points against McLaren but not that much.”