Sebastian Vettel confirms Charlie Whiting will decide if German GP should be stopped
World Champion to start Sunday's race alongside Hamilton on frontrow
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 07/07/13 8:00am
Sebastian Vettel says it will be up to Charlie Whiting to stop Sunday's German GP if the race witnesses a repeat of the tyre failures which marred last week's British GP.
Race Director Whiting has since confirmed that he was on the verge of stopping the race at Silverstone after a number of cars suffered high-speed tyre blowouts.
Although Pirelli have reintroduced Kevlar-belted tyres in order to placate fears of a repeat, the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, of which Vettel is a director, issued a strongly-worded statement on Thursday evening warning "if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event."
So far, this weekend's Nurburgring event has passed without incident but Vettel says the drivers will rely on Whiting to stop the race if the Pirellis fail again.
"Firstly, I'm confident that we won't have any problems but should we have any problems then it's difficult for us in the cars to judge that because we can't see and we can't know what is going on, so Charlie will be the one deciding," the World Champion confirmed in the post-qualifying press conference.
"We had a good chat with him on Thursday night and he is aware of the situation. We were very close at Silverstone to having a red flag but obviously it was very new to everybody, including the race director, but we have learnt our lesson."
Asked how the drivers could articulate their fears to the race director, Vettel clarified: "Charlie can hear us when we are talking on the radios. It's not the first time he has listened to us and he is used to listening to the drivers."
Vettel will start Sunday's race from second on the grid alongside pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton after failing in qualifying to replicate the searing speed that saw him outpace the field by six-tenths of a second in Practice Three as conditions changed for the afternoon's qualy hour.
"I was very happy with the car in FP3 so we didn't change much. This afternoon, I was struggling to get it together through the first sector. It was quite windy and the track was a bit warmer, but the car wasn't bad, it's just that the time didn't come," the World Championship leader reflected.
"I tried my best through the next two sectors but it wasn't enough to beat Lewis today."
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