Sebastian Vettel had already announced it after his exit in Q1 and starting position 16 on Saturday: he wanted to do something different than the competition in the race, said the Heppenheimer there. On Sunday, the Aston Martin star does the same on the track, staying on the track the longest of all the drivers with the starting tires. And the late stop on lap 22 actually brings Vettel back into play.
The overhauled Aston Martin can not deliver any points at the debut. “Eleventh place isn’t really a reward, of course, but our race was good. We knew that the new package wouldn’t be a huge step for us right away, but we believe it’s a better direction for the future. We’re making progress and that really counts,” explains Vettel, who has to smile: “I’ve had worse races and was right at the front.”
For Schumacher, on the other hand, who started tenth on Sunday, unlike Vettel, things went further and further down the course of the race. The young Haas driver was able to stay out of all the skirmishes in the starting phase, and after the collision between his team-mate Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton he was temporarily in sixth position.
Shortly thereafter, Schumacher fell out of the top 10 entirely, and in the end he was 14. “The strategy was a little different than planned. Now we have to see why we came up with such a strategy. Of course, you’re always smarter in hindsight “, the German is annoyed: “It was a bit unfortunate. We knew that it would be tight with two stops and in the end it didn’t quite work out to stay outside. But we will learn from that.”