driver Sebastian Vettel was left out of the points after suffering a
tyre puncture in the dying laps of a chaotic GP.
SEPANG: Red Bull chief Christian Horner
yesterday shrugged off a disastrous Malaysian Grand Prix for Sebastian
Vettel after a stormy weekend left the reigning world champion trailing
in the standings.
He dismissed the race as 'quite
peculiar' after Vettel, starting from sixth, battled through the
chaotic, rain-hit Grand Prix before being hit by a puncture in the dying
laps, leaving him out of the points.
Vettel was fourth for most of the second half
of the race before he collided with HRT's Narain Karthikeyan with nine
laps left, puncturing his left rear tyre.
'To lose the race how I did is very frustrating,' he said. 'Some people need to look more where they are going.'
Fernando Alonso was the surprise winner in Ferrari's clunky F2012, with Sergio Perez finishing a career-high second for Sauber.
Horner said it was hard to draw conclusions
from the race, which left Vettel sixth in the standings after the first
two rounds. Teammate Mark Webber finished fourth and lies fourth
Horner said: 'Today was quite peculiar because
if you look at it, Sergio Perez was the quickest car on track. He was
catching a Ferrari... and pulling away from a McLaren.
'It's difficult to draw too much out of the
first couple of races... We know we have got things that we can improve
on, and that's what we'll be focused on for China (April 13-15). But
it's fairly unpredictable at the moment.'
He said the strategy to bring Webber in for an
early pit stop ahead of the field had been right, but the Australian
was unlucky as many others followed him, causing him to get stuck in the
Meanwhile, Vettel's car faced multiple
problems, including when the on-board radio broke and the team lost
communication with him around Lap 20.
Later, his left rear tyre punctured and
damaged the braking system, prompting frantic - and unheard - radio
calls for the German to stop racing for safety reasons. But he brought
the car home unscathed.