Sebastian Vettel was surprised by the dominance which saw him cruise to an easy victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I don’t think we expected to be dominant here, and it surprised all of us actually; it’s a great result.” Race-winner Vettel said. “I think we knew going into the race that our race pace, compared to Mercedes, maybe gave us a little in hand, but we didn’t know where we were compared to the others, especially Ferrari, and Lotus looked very quick in dry conditions also. I
t wasn’t clear if the rain was going to come at the end of the race, so we kept pushing, but the gap we had by that stage meant we were able to control the race from there and the last couple of laps weren’t too stressful.”
Unlike Vettel, however, team-mate Mark Webber had a poor day at the office, slipping from third to fifth following another bad start.
“The two practice starts before the race weren’t great and so we were a bit worried about the clutch going to the start, which put us on to the back foot,” The Australian said. “We tried our best, but lost a couple of rows off the line which is not good. We then had to try and clear people on the track, which was difficult, as we had set up the top gear to race in clean air, rather than to pass. The bad start put us out of position and it snowballs from there, as you use up the tyres trying to getting to back into position.”