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Vettel could only 'serve the team' after first stint

  • Published on 02 Sep 2019 13:10
  • comments 7
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel says he could only serve the Ferrari team after it became clear during his second stint that he didn't have the pace to win.

Vettel held the lead after undercutting teammate Charles Leclerc, however Leclerc quickly caught up to the German after he made his stop for the medium compound.

Ferrari intervened and instructed Vettel to let Leclerc past, before the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton closed in on the four-time world champion, overtaking him on lap 32.

Vettel was able to hold back Hamilton for a handful of laps, which allowed Leclerc to stretch out more of a gap - which likely proved vital, as Hamilton had caught Leclerc on the final lap of the race.

“For the team, yes, I’m happy," Vettel said after the race. "For myself I’m not happy. I didn’t have the pace ultimately, I was struggling to stay on top of the tyres, which is normally not a problem for me.

“It was a tough race. From the first stop onwards, it was clear we wouldn’t be in the fight. So all I could do by then is serve the team.

“I was struggling in the corners, so that allowed [Hamilton] to get close. I couldn’t hold him off for a very long time. I tried to make him lose time in order to give Charles a cushion. In the end it was just enough. It did the job.

"I tried to keep second place, but I couldn’t do it. At that point the best thing to do was to pit once more for tyres and carry on without struggling so much.

"I was struggling to stay on top of the tyres which normally is not a problem at all so it was a tough race. I didn’t have the pace, ultimately.

"We have to understand why my car had such high tyre degradation and we will do a full analysis of the situation to understand the reasons why I did not feel comfortable."

Vettel is now just 12 points ahead of Leclerc in the drivers' championship in fourth place, while he closed the gap to Verstappen in front to 12 points, after the Dutchman crashed out on lap one.

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  • TheDentist

    Posts: 24

    Ferrari need to realise very quickly that they should be backing Leclerc rather than Vettel!

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    • Sep 2 2019 - 14:20
  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 352

    I just cannot understand what is going on with Seb. I'm not his fan, his talent etc. but it's hard to see him strugglin so much.

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    • Sep 2 2019 - 14:59
  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 283

    That he did.
    I am not sure he was that far off the other Ferrari in the race in terms of pace, it's just that his first stint was rather short and that led to loss of tyres for the second stint. Leclerc's pace at the extreme end of the race was rather bad. It's just that his first stint was longer and he could capitalise on that advantage. That said no excuses for qualifying.

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    • Sep 2 2019 - 15:24
  • Conclusions: 1)Ferraris not great in cooler temps and

    • + 0
    • Sep 2 2019 - 21:15
    • 2) several other drivers on the grid better at working with engineers at getting their setup right.

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      • Sep 2 2019 - 21:17
  • Im with you there JuJu, not good to see - this is history repeating itself, DannyRic whupped him in his last season at RBR and I like the bloke a lot - he needs a confidence pill from someone - I hope he can do it in Italy, I really do.

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    • Sep 2 2019 - 22:01
  • xoya

    Posts: 583

    I feel bad for Vettel. I didn't like him at all when he was younger but he matured very well and is a truly likeable and relatable character. He lost his edge with age, it seems.

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    • Sep 3 2019 - 00:27

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