Vettel not blaming Massa for losing pole

© Ubaid Parkar, 13 October 2012
© AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Sebastian Vettel isn’t holding Felipe Massa responsible for the Red Bull driver’s qualifying performance at the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday.

The German, who qualified second, was obstructed by the Ferrari driver as the defending world champion was about to start his final flying lap, which cost him a bit of time as he headed on to the start-finish straight.

“I don’t want to blame it on Felipe, I thought he was coming in (to the pit lane) but then on the last sector he was right in front of me so I had to back-off,” Vettel said. “Not ideal, just starting a timed lap, and just before that to back off but I think nevertheless the second lap wasn’t good enough.”

Vettel reasoned that he lost time in the middle sector, which affected his run to challenge for pole, insisting that the Ferrari driver had nothing to do with the final results.

“I don't like all these discussions; we've had a lot of them lately,” he said. “These things happen, it's not Felipe's fault at all. I should have known earlier. If anything it was my mistake. I might have lost a little bit but I'm not a fan of blaming anyone or anything for a certain result or not.”


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