Vettel: “It was weird. The track wasn’t dry, of course, but the intermediate was so crazy that it actually looked like a dry tire and had no tread at the key points. That’s why I thought a new dry tire might work better and it will have it took the risk, “he explains his decision.
The Heppenheimer gets support from team boss Otmar Szafnauer: “That was just one of those things: A risk that didn’t pay off. But that’s how it works sometimes when the conditions are so difficult.” Vettel himself quarreled with the decision in retrospect: “It probably cost us one or two points.” Team mate Lance Stroll finished the race in ninth place in the championship points.
For Vettel these are a long way off after the excursion on slicks: “It was much worse than I expected. I had no grip and just slipped around, lost a lot of time. I was really surprised how long it took to get it Track got drier. A bit like last year, because even in the end it didn’t get much better. “
“He was a bit optimistic about that. If I don’t look exactly where he is, his race may be over,” warns Vettel. The racing stewards do not intervene and Vettel then continues to create his tire problems before he decides on the serious risk strategy: “That with the dry tires did not work and after that it was quite good in terms of the times, but of course too late because I was one lap behind. “
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