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GP Week : Issue 75
Vettel -- robbed again YOU can tell when a racing driver has a face like a wet weekend -- he refuses to take his helmet off. As Sebastian Vettel trudged back from Turn 13, where his car remained beached in the gravel, it was clear from his body language that two costly failures in a row had dented his famous sense of humour. Just as in Bahrain, he was in control of the race only to have 25 points cruelly taken from him. This time the cause was brake failure: "I felt that something was wrong one lap earlier than I went off. I had some sparks coming up from the front left wheel; we didn't know what it was so wanted to pit "Then, a couple of corners before, I had huge vibrations building up and as soon as I touched the brakes, I had some sort of failure going into Turn 13 and ended up in the gravel. We need to get on top of [reliability]." Vettel and Red Bull proved once again that they are the package to beat right now, which makes it utterly frustrating for them that they keep getting beaten: "Massively disappointing," was how Christian Horner summed it up. Renault thrilled with surprise podium WITH Renault having showed little promise over the winter, Robert Kubica was thrilled to take second place, but warned that his car is still not up to racing at the front under normal conditions. Kubica started ninth on the grid and made good early progress to emerge third after the stop for dry tyres was complete. With Vettel removed from contention, and Button up front, Kubica settled into second and then fended off a string of rivals to hold on all the way to the end. "To be honest we were not expecting to finish on the podium," said the Pole. "This is the best result we could get. We are not up to the pace for fighting for the podium in a normal race, so we have to keep pushing. But this is a brilliant boost for everybody in the team." 30