Sebastian Vettel saw the funny side of allegations that his Red Bull was using a form of clever traction control during his dominant win at the Singapore Grand Prix, and played along by joking that his team had been working on the system throughout the weekend at Marina Bay Circuit.
Speaking to media ahead of the Korean GP weekend, Vettel was asked about the alleged ‘traction control’ and his answer was very tongue in cheek, “Well, of course, as everybody witnessed, it worked in Singapore. We’d been working on it all Friday and Saturday, and yes, on Sunday it worked perfectly for the first time – when it mattered. I am sure for the races to come that we will be able to enhance the system even further – to profit even more.”
Vettel was unperturbed by allegations which emerged when former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi questioned his superiority in Singapore.
“Everybody has the right to his own opinion – and to express that. And everybody can see with his own eyes what is going on. As for us, I think we take all these whispers with a sense of humour,” said the 26 year old German.
The triple World Champion also copped flak in Singapore for saying ‘there’s a lot of people hanging their balls in the pool very early on Fridays’ which was interpreted as a swing at his rivals.
Vettel was bemused by the fuss his comments caused, “I found that all a bit strange, because it was never my intention to criticize others. I wanted to express that our success is not coming from nowhere, but that we are willing to do what it takes to be successful, even if that means working until late. Because there is always something that you can do better, something that you can learn. If you’re on a winning streak and start to take things too easy, this might be the surest way to terminate it.”
Vettel has never liked the use of the word ‘dominant’ when referring to his runaway victories, of which he has notched up seven already this season, and is adamant that he does not take anything for granted, “I never expect the continuation of dominance, because I know what lies behind being dominant. Yes, we’ve done fantastic in the last few races, but that does not mean that you can bank on it to continue everywhere.”
“We do have a strong package – that is a fact. How strong, the weekend will show. Korea is a track that in general suits us and our car is very strong in the races this season, so I hopefully will go into a good weekend. In Singapore we had something of a ‘luxurious situation’ in that towards the end we could even take it a bit easier and reduce the speed. Let’s hope that it’s going to be the same this Sunday. Keep the fingers crossed!’ concluded the triple World Champion who is well on his way to adding a fourth title to his impressive resume. (GP247)
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