July 31, 2011 (Andrés Rojas).- In a very interesting race that saw Jenson Button crossing the line behind no one, Sebastian Vettel felt that it was possible for him to win the race.
The German conceding he was not 100 per cent happy with second place. Vettel, who started from the ‘pole’ position, crossed the finish line just over three seconds behind McLaren winner, Jenson Button.
“I think that win was in reach today so it was not impossible," said Vettel. "The emotions are going through right now. In the championship it was a good race with a lot of people finishing behind us apart from Jenson."
Vettel’s podium visit meant that it is the third consecutive race that the German does not win. After coming to a victory in six of the first eight races of the season, the Red Bull team seems to be loosing its lead margin against its immediate competitors, so the driver commented: “must react and fight back at Spa after the summer break."
“I think the most important message is that especially McLaren in the last two races are very competitive. We are not happy with that, I am sure Jenson is, so we need to come back for Spa." He added: "Today I am not 100 per cent happy. I started from pole and felt I could win race, it was not impossible, with many drivers doing small mistakes. So I' mot 100 per cent happy because the target is to win and not be second."
“We got good points today but there is a long, long way to go. We have seen how quickly things can change so we need to make sure we see the chequered flag."
The second place, combined with Webber finishing fifth also meant that his championship increased a bit. Although, he claimed not to be thinking on a title yet, but more about “winning as many races as possible."
“I think second in the championship is Mark but I don't know how many points, I don't care, I don't calculate them," he said. "I see Fernando ahead of me on a different set of tyres and I don't think about the championship when I am racing, I think about trying to win."
One thing is for sure, McLaren is the first team to win back to back races other tan Red Bull, which suggests that a they have to be doing things really well, and that neither tyre management or luck had a big part in the team resurgence.