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Vettel says he had "nowhere to go" in Bottas crash

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Vettel says he had "nowhere to go" in Bottas crash
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Jun 24, 2018, 4:33 PM

Sebastian Vettel says he had “nowhere to go” in his Turn 1 collision with Valtteri Bottas at the French Grand Prix, because his start was “too good”.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari in the Press Conference
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF-71H locks up and hits Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, with a broken front wing
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, comes into the pits during Qualifying
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37, leads Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF71H

The Ferrari Formula 1 driver made a better getaway than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Bottas on the front row, but he ended up tucked behind Hamilton in the braking zone for the first corner, where he locked up and slid into Bottas, spinning the Finn and damaging his own front wing.

Vettel was given a five-second penalty for causing the incident and recovered to finish the race fifth, and while he accepted it was his error, he said there was nothing else he could do in that position.

 

“My start was too good,” Vettel told TV crews. “Then I ended up with nowhere to go.

“It was my mistake, I tried to brake early and get out of it, but I had no room and no grip, being so close to the car in front and also next to me.

“Valtteri tried to get his position back [on the outside], which is fair enough, but then I had nowhere to go – the turn goes left.

“I tried to slow down but with that little grip, I could only open the radius [of the steering] and that meant I had to unfortunately make contact to Valtteri.”

Vettel believes he could have challenged Hamilton for the win, but he said the nature of his race following the incident made it difficult to judge what was possible.

At his pitstop for repairs on the opening lap he took a set of soft tyres for a long stint, before then stopping again for a short final stint on ultrasofts.

When asked if Ferrari had the pace to win, he said: “I haven’t seen enough of the race, you have seen more than me.

“We had good pace, I tried to hammer through the field to recover and damaged the tyres, therefore it is a bit difficult to say.

“You are always on different tyres and in the end I had a lot fresher tyres [than the rest].

“I think we had decent pace to at least go with Mercedes.”

Vettel now trails Hamilton, who won the race comfortably, by 14 points in the drivers’ standings.

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Series Formula 1
Event French GP
Location Circuit Paul Ricard
Drivers Sebastian Vettel Shop Now
Author Glenn Freeman