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Alonso: Vettel was almost stopped

Monday 25-March-2013 10:09

Fernando Alonso believes Sebastian Vettel shoulders some of the blame for his Sepang DNF as he ran into the back of the almost stopped Red Bull.

Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix got underway on a very wet circuit with Vettel leading off the line having started from pole position.

Alonso was quickly embroiled in a battle with Mark Webber for second place with the Ferrari driver taking it before hitting the back of Vettel's RB9. Instead of pitting for a new front wing, Ferrari opted to keep Alonso out as the track was drying fast.

That proved to be a huge mistake as, starting lap 2, the Spaniard's front wing broke apart and he went off in the gravel and out of the race.

"Unfortunately, we were very unlucky," said Alonso. "After making a good start I touched Vettel at the second corner. It was a surprise to find him there, almost stopped. I don't know what speed he was doing.

"Despite the fact the car was damaged, it didn't seem to be too bad and, together with the team, we decided to keep going. If we'd stopped immediately, and then again on lap three or four to fit dry tyres, we would have dropped too far back and lost the chance to finish up the front.

"It's easy to criticise this decision, but at the time it seemed like the right one. It was certainly a shame because here we could have fought with the Red Bulls, but circumstances didn't help.

"Apart from the wisdom of the decisions we took, bad luck really played its part when you think how many off-track excursions there were in Australia without any consequence."

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