Montreal victory continues to elude Vettel and Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel makes his final pitstop during the Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel makes his final pitstop during the Canadian Grand Prix

Jun.11 (Reuters) Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team endured another lost weekend in Canada, leaving Montreal yet again without the winner’s trophy – or any silverware this time around for that matter – despite starting from pole for the second consecutive year.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.Red Bull have never won in Canada, the only circuit on the current calendar that is still resisting them, and the drought continued on Sunday as the German paid the price for a strategic error, and ended up fourth.

“It was a difficult race,” said Vettel, who made a late second pitstop after McLaren‘s Lewis Hamilton had scythed past him and then Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso to take the championship lead.

“I think Lewis deserved the win no doubt, but we have learned a lot and will make a step forward in [the next race in] Valencia.”

Last year it was Hamilton’s hard-charging McLaren team mate Jenson Button who dashed Vettel’s hopes, overtaking the German on the final lap of a rain-hit race to steal victory.

This year it was tyre strategy that was Vettel’s undoing, with the world champion deciding to try and do one stop to Hamilton’s two.

Red Bull eventually called Vettel in but by then the race was lost and the battle was on with Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Sergio Perez for a podium finish.

Sebastian Vettel pushed to the Montreal grid during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2012 in Montreal, Canada.Vettel might have expected more after dominating final practice and qualifying but like many teams Red Bull have struggled to come to grips with new tyre compounds and regulations.

“We were going well on our tyres and at that stage it seemed our best option was to do one stop,” explained Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

“But then the tyres really started to go away, so we made a late call to go onto the super-soft tyres which enabled us to get back up to fourth position behind the one-stopping Grosjean and Perez. A tricky race but nonetheless we have still managed to salvage respectable points today.”

Vettel told it from his perspective, “I felt pretty comfortable on the tyres and obviously we were hoping to get the place back, but as it turned out it was the right thing to go for the second stop.”

“We decided a few laps from the end to do a pit stop – a stop here is not so long, about 15 seconds – and in the end it was the right decision. Before the stop we were three four seconds behind Fernando [Alonso], but we ended up six seconds ahead of him. It was a good call considering what you can lose with only eight laps to go,” reflected the world champion.

Vettel summed up, “All in all it was a good weekend. We had a very smooth run up to qualifying and a very good qualifying – in the race we maybe lost some of that edge, but we were there or thereabouts.

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  • Chris

    That is the good thing in Sebastian he will always look for his weakness in himself and team and helps them to deliver the things he needed i guess he was not in a Mood to let the Championship slip from him