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'Mark deserved to win' - Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
November 27, 2011 « Win makes up for bad luck in 2011 - Webber | Button bemoans soft tyre pace »
Sebastian Vettel let Mark Webber past on lap 29 © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel said Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber deserved to win the Brazilian Grand Prix after the pair's battle was cut short by a gearbox problem on Vettel's car.

Vettel led from the start and was building up a lead when his team informed him to back off and look after his gearbox. On lap 29 he conceded the lead to Webber in turn one, but said he was not upset about the outcome.

"Mark drove a fantastic race and deserved to win," Vettel said. "I don't really like calling this bad luck, surely if something like this happens it's not in your hands, but I tried to do my best, tried to stay as close as I could and tried to keep the gap to Fernando [Alonso] for most of the race, and Jenson [Button] at the end. I think we had a pretty amazing season and I think it would be over the top to be upset now.

"So we take the second place and the one-two for the team and it has been a phenomenal year and a very strong finish as well. I think we are all ready for the winter and we are looking forward to the break to recharge our batteries and come back as strong next year."

Vettel compared his afternoon to Ayrton Senna's race win in 1991, when the McLaren driver had to hold his car in higher gears to take his first victory on home soil.

"It was a real shame because I had a good start and then a very good feeling and I was able to pull a gap straightaway at the beginning of the race," he said. "Very early on I got the call that I'd have to manage a gearbox problem. I had to turn down the engine and short shift but it just kept getting worse throughout the race so I ended up using higher gears pretty much everywhere and that's why the comparison [with Ayrton Senna in 1991] came into my head."