SEBASTIAN VETTEL was given a taste of his own medicine yesterday during an Australian Grand Prix which left him hailing Jenson Button as "unbeatable".
So often last year Vettel left his rivals trailing in his wake, claiming a record-breaking 15 poles from which he won 11 races and his second Formula One world title.
Over the course of the weekend at Melbourne’s Albert Park, the shoe was very much on the other foot as it was Vettel and Red Bull who were found wanting. In qualifying, Vettel could only manage sixth, his worst grid slot for 25 races – 24 of which had been on the front row.
The 24-year-old German at least went on to finish second, but was no match for Button who led for 57 of the 58 laps after beating McLaren team-mate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton to the first corner.
“Jenson deserved to win, he was out of reach for us, unbeatable,” said Vettel. I’m very happy with second, especially after the difficult day we had on Saturday.
“In the race, it was a bit better for us but, nevertheless, they (McLaren) are the ones to beat.”
The normally effervescent Vettel was then irked by a question in which he was asked to assess fighting from further back compared to controlling races from the front.
It has previously been cruelly suggested that Vettel lacks the skills of an attacker, such as Hamilton, who had to settle for third due to a safety car on lap 37 which aided the German’s cause.
”I was asked following qualifying how I would deal with the disaster of sixth on the grid. I don’t think it was a disaster. Okay, I was second, but the winner totally deserved to win, so we gave our maximum and I’m very happy with that.”