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Vettel defends Ferrari tyre strategy

  • Published on 07 Oct 2018 03:34
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel has refused to blame his Ferrari team for his low starting position for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix after it the intermediate tyre to his car at the start of Q3 on Saturday. The Italian marque opted to fit the wet weather tyre to his car for his opening lap following a light shower that came at the end of Q2.

Vettel returned to the pitlane and attached the super soft tyre to his car and set off on his hot lap. However a number of mistakes cost him time which left him ninth place and all the work to do on his last run.

Unfortunately for the German, rain started to fall again before he could get a second lap in and he was forced to settle for ninth. He will start the race from eighth, as Esteban Ocon received a post-qualifying penalty for a red flag infringement.

"When the conditions are like this, then obviously you either get it right or get it wrong, so I’m not blaming anybody,” Vettel said. “If it (had) started to rain five, six, seven minutes earlier, then we did a miracle because we were the only clever ones, but if it’s like that, then obviously we’re the only ones who look stupid."

Vettel's starting position reflect badly on his championship hopes, as he must claw back 50 points from Lewis Hamilton in the final five races. Mercedes' team boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that its a tough place for the four-time world champion to start the race from.

"That’s a pretty grim starting position for him [Vettel],” he said. "He has a fast car but obviously just fighting against Lewis if everything runs well with us, it’s going to be difficult off the start.”

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  • I have never been a fan of Sebastian, and while he's been the main responsible in previous races for the loss of the championship, Ferrari made him look way worse than he deserved. It's sad how Sebastián and Ferrari came undone in the last few races. At least last year when they threw it away you could argue that they had some bad luck, but this year reliability wasn't an issue. No freak accidents. It was just one error at a time

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