Vettel still leads championship despite hard day at the office in Spain 14 May, 2012 Sebastian Vettel leads the midfield pack early on in the Spanish GP May 14 (F1 Media) Sebastian Vettel remains in control of the Formula Drivers’ Championship, despite enduring what the Red Bull Racing driver called a “hard day at the office” at the Spanish Grand Prix, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Vettel started seventh and climbed to sixth but dropped to ninth when he was hit with a drive-through penalty for failing to heed a yellow flag in the wake of an accident involving Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna. The defending champion was also hindered by a long regulation third stop when he took on a new nose cone. Despite that issue dropping him from fifth to 10th, the pre-race title leader recovered in his final stint to climb back to sixth by the chequered flag, passing both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the final few laps. Vettel is now level with Alonso on 61 points, though the Red Bull Racing driver stays at the top of the standings only by virtue of the sixth-place finish he scored in Spain. The Spanish GP result result is his fourth-best of the season, which betters Alonso’s fourth-best. Otherwise the pair are even on results, with the best three results of each man being a win, a second place and a fifth. “I think we have to be happy,” said Vettel. “It was a hard day at the office. We had a good recovery at the end – we know that we are probably a bit stronger at the end of the stints and that worked. It was good fun, but obviously when it’s up and down, up and down like that it’s quite difficult.” Of the issue with the nose cone, Vettel said that while it had cost him time, it had been the right decision to make the change. “I didn’t think I had damage to the nose. But it felt like something was stuck. You know that with a lot of rubber off line maybe a big piece of rubber got stuck and that ruins the aerodynamics. I wasn’t sure. I tried another lap but it wasn’t the right thing to do, so we changed the nose. It cost a lot of time but was the right thing as then I was told that something on the front left of the wing [had indeed] broken.” Tweet Related NewsVettel: I feel like I have a car in my hands againVettel: We are here to fight for the championshipRicciardo: We looked like a third-place car and in the end that’s what it wasRed Bull: A great team performanceRed Bull: There is a long way to catch the right performance levelVettel: A small failure but a big consequenceRed Bull drivers report from first day of practice in BarcelonaRed Bull: Sebastian will get a new Red Bull RB10 chassis for BarcelonaSpanish Grand Prix: Red Bull drivers preview Barcelona weekendRed Bull confirm new RB10 chassis will be ready for Vettel at Spanish GP Harsha Come on Seb lead the Championship and Win it again You have the Best shot of Winning this Championship this season Kevin It’s been great to see Seb fight for the finishes this year. He’s definitely making the passes and proving he can battle with the best of them. In a car that was okay but hardly great, after the poor Q3 issue from lack of tires, suffering an extra stop or the wing issue, and a drive through (for having the DRS flap open at the end of the straight, just as he entered a yellow flag zone BTW, not for ignoring the yellow as has been ignorantly reported). to pull it all back up to 6th was great fun to watch! Congrats to Pastor as well, and well done Lewis for a great recovery to what will go down as one of the dumbest team errors of the season. And Kimi… enough of the whining and woulda coulda balonga – ya didn’t win… get over it and stop mumbling. kaka007 @Kevin obviously kimi should be disappointed and expressed it after the race, that’s all….he moves on he didn’t show his frustruations towards you in person, then what the hell is with you…. if you don’t like him, don’t follow him.. go to hell with your retarded fingering boy……. ? @Kevin, yes, Kimi did indeed lose, but he isn really mumbling about it, is he? Besides, would you (and myself) fare any better at coping with that? I doubt that.