Christian Horner Q&A

The Red Bull Team Principal talks to Ted Kravitz after Vettel's penalty

Last Updated: 04/11/12 12:13pm

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Christian Horner has told Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz that Renault are sure Sebastian Vettel's car was not under fuelled and that they are aiming for a points finish in Abu Dhabi.

Ted Kravitz: Was the car a little bit under fuelled?
Christian Horner: "I think it looks as if it was too tight in all reality. We inform Renault how many laps we want to do in qualifying or the race and then they determine how much fuel to put in the car.

"In this case it looks as if it was too tight. There is a little bit of fuel left in the tank but you have to be able to pump it out and we couldn't do that without removing bodywork. So we have to accept the FIA's penalty and we have decided to start from the pit lane which has given us the opportunity to make some set up changes heading into the race."

TK: Should your mechanics, [Vettel's race engineer] Rocky for example, not raised an eyebrow and said that seems very little fuel based on previous sessions?
CH: "Our engineers don't determine the amount of fuel in the car. They just inform the engine partner how many laps we are going to do and they make complex calculations based on the rest of the weekend's running and Renault remain adamant that enough fuel went in, but unfortunately not enough has found its way into the collector where they take the sample from.

"That is where we had the drop out in pressure which is why Renault instructed us to turn the car off. We have to follow their instructions and it is one of those things. It will give Sebastian a busy afternoon."

TK: What can he do? What will you be happy with?
CH: "I think if he gets anywhere near the points. It is a tough track to overtake at as we have seen before even with the double DRS zone. So if he can get anywhere near the points it will be a very strong comeback drive."

TK:Do you feel this will in materially affect your Championship?
CH: "It depends what the outcome of the race is. We have Mark on the front row and we will try and challenge Lewis as much as we can and recover something with Seb. We can't change what has happened, we have got what we have got. Our attitude now is to make the best of it and attack every lap."

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