Red Bull drivers say car is not quick enough
1 September 2012 – Neither Mark Webber nor Sebastian Vettel were particularly unhappy with their personal performances at Spa on Saturday. Instead, both Red Bull drivers admitted that the RB8 is simply not quick enough in its current configuration.
“I was pretty happy with my lap, to be honest,” Vettel said after being eliminated from Q2. “It was just not quick enough. This morning it felt alright but this afternoon I just couldn’t put it together. My lap was okay but it just wasn’t quick enough.”
With Webber taking a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, his second in three races, he will line up 12th on the Spa grid with Vettel just two places ahead.
“Yeah…disappointed,” the Australian commented. “I think that we would have liked to have been further up the grid, no question about it. It was not quick enough to day to challenge for the front row, so I couldn’t take the sting out of the penalty. I was pretty happy with my lap. The maximum, absolute maximum, was P5.”
This means that Fernando Alonso, despite managing no more than sixth position for Ferrari, only has Kimi Räikkönen ahead of him as a title contender.