There is another crash in front of him that ruins the German’s race. In the second chicane, Antonio Giovinazzi turns after the start: Vettel has to swerve, is then overtaken by the faster cars from behind, above all by team-mate Lance Stroll, who pushes him onto the hard shoulder in the first Lesmo bend. “As a result, I lost a lot of positions,” says Vettel, whom numerous competitors slip past.
“I got off to a good start and was able to make up a few places. But after I had to evade and was pushed off, I lost all the places again. The first lap ruined the race for me today, because after that, with our top speed, it was clear that it would be very difficult to overtake, ”explains Vettel. “I had a bit of damage to the car and the safety car didn’t really help us because we had already stopped. It wasn’t our day, not my day. “
This can also be seen in a small collision with Alpine driver Esteban Ocon, which costs Vettel additional time in the second chicane. “Esteban didn’t leave me any space. I think he didn’t know I was there because we were in contact and it wasn’t missing that we both had flown out, ”says the Aston Martin star.
Vettel spares himself the accusations against the French, however, because in a scene with his buddy Mick Schumacher he feels the same way: “It was a misunderstanding with Mick. I didn’t know he was that close and I didn’t see him. I wanted to position myself for the straight line, and I probably surprised him. “
The bleak driving behind in Monza should also give the persistent rumors of resignation about Vettel new nourishment. Aston Martin team boss Otmar Szafnauer gives them a clear refusal. Problems in the contract negotiations are “absolutely one hundred percent nonsense”, emphasizes the 57-year-old and makes it clear: “We have no plan B. He does not have a plan B.”
The reason for the wait are details in the extensive driver contract. Vettel’s contract is multi-year, but contains options on both sides. Szafnauer: “You can ask Seb and I am sure that he will say that he loves it here.” The American expects an official announcement before the Russian GP in two weeks.