Vettel: Fastest lap is an ego thing

Date published: October 17 2011

Sebastian Vettel admits his love for getting fastest laps in grands prix is probably “really stupid” but it’s an ego boost…

Sebastian Vettel admits his love for getting fastest laps in grands prix is probably “really stupid” but it’s an ego boost.

Vettel claimed the eighth fastest lap of his F1 career in Korea on Sunday despite urging from his Red Bull pit wall not to go for the goal.

However, he did it anyway, clocking a 1:39.605 on the final lap of the Korean GP on his way to his 10th race victory of the campaign.

“I think they will kill me now,” Vettel revealed.

“On the radio, they said ‘you didn’t get the fastest lap’ which obviously isn’t true, and then they came on the radio and said ‘idiot, you got it.’

“It’s really stupid.

“I think in other races, it doesn’t really make sense but on the last lap I had a good feeling and yeah, I was pushing a bit harder to get the fastest lap.

“It’s a small thing; it’s probably more to do with the ego because there are no points so it’s really stupid from my side but now I’ve got one, I’m happy.”