Vettel: Crazy and unbelievable

Date published: September 2 2012

Sebastian Vettel has billed Sunday’s Belgian GP as a “crazy race” after he avoided the first lap carnage and raced his way to second place…

Sebastian Vettel has billed Sunday’s Belgian GP as a “crazy race” after he avoided the first lap carnage and raced his way to second place.

Having struggled for pace in Saturday’s qualifying, Vettel had hoped for better come Sunday’s 44-lap grand prix at a circuit where he claimed the victory last season.

The German, though, was baulked at the start when the first corner carnage took out his title rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, bringing out the Safety Car.

The race resumed on lap six when Vettel, using a one-stop strategy, begun to work his way through the field, overtaking several drivers including his own team-mate Mark Webber as well as seven-time World Champ Michael Schumacher.

“It was a crazy race from where I started,” said the Red Bull racer, who finished runner-up, 13.6s behind race winner Jenson Button.

“The start was not so good and after the first corner when a lot of cars went off.

“It was pretty crazy, fortunately we came back with a fantastic strategy.

“It was the right call and the car was quite good in the race and we were able to pick up some places in the race.

“I had a lot of fun racing a lot of people, racing Michael.

“It’s great to come here, great to come second and I’m looking forward already to coming back here next year. This circuit is unbelievable.”

Vettel’s second place finish has moved him up to second in the Drivers’ Championship, now just 24 points behind Alonso.

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