Vettel strains muscle on eve of home race

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing walks the circuit. Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday 22 July 2010.

Sebastian Vettel walks the Hockenheim circuit with his crew

Jul.22 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel was slightly limping in the puddle-strewn Hockenheim paddock on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, the Red Bull driver sat out the traditional pre-German grand prix football game — which the F1 drivers’ team nonetheless won.

It emerges the Red Bull driver fell whilst jogging last week.

“It is a little bit of a strain of the muscle,” he confirmed, “but I can drive, no problem.”

Vettel was reserved when questioned about the Silverstone front wing furore, but acknowledged that the affair will not be hurting his employer’s bottom line.

“As far as I know, we are selling enough cans!” he grinned.

Meanwhile in the FIA press conference, Michael Schumacher played mediator by sitting in between at-war Red Bull duo Vettel and Mark Webber.

The seven time world champion admitted he is barracking for his countryman to win the title. “Sorry, Mark,” he meekly apologised to the Australian Webber.