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GP Week : Issue 39
Red Bull/BMW vent frustrations BMW says it was robbed of victory after Vettel and Kubica collide RED Bull Racing and BMW Sauber have vented their combined frustrations after fantastic drives from Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica had left them in potential podium-winning positions that ultimately came to naught. Vettel had kept on terms with the race-winning BrawnGP car of Jenson Button throughout the Grand Prix, until an overtaking move from BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica just two laps from the flag saw the duo make contact and put both drivers out of the race. “Sebastian had driven a fantastic race, everything had come together,”Horner told GPWeek. “The advantage he had built up was negated by the Pace Car which brought Kubica back into play as he had run his options [soft tyres] on a very short stint first of all. “But we had gone with Button, we were within five seconds throughout the race, we took the fight to them 30 as best we could and were looking very, very strong. So it was a disappointing way to finish the race.” BMW Sauber’s Head of Engineering Willy Rampf, however, claimed that the crash had cost the team a potential win. “[Robert] was catching the leading cars. And then, just a few laps from the end, he was able to attack the frontrunners. “Because of our tyre choice, Robert was on the harder compound on the last stint, unlike his competitors on the soft. At this stage our car was much quicker than the two leading ones. When Robert overtook Sebastian Vettel he was already in front when Sebastian touched him. This cost us second place or even the victory.” The stewards agreed with Kubica and BMW Sauber’s version of events and have handed Vettel a 10-place grid penalty for the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.