Formula 1
Formula 1
30 Apr
-
03 May
FP1 in
68 days
07 May
-
10 May
FP1 in
75 days
21 May
-
24 May
FP1 in
88 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
FP1 in
103 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
FP1 in
111 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
FP1 in
124 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
131 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
145 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
159 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
FP1 in
187 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
194 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
FP1 in
208 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
215 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
FP1 in
244 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
251 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
265 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
278 days

Vettel's victory bid foiled by "unfortunate" SC timing

shares
comments
Vettel's victory bid foiled by "unfortunate" SC timing
By:
Apr 9, 2017, 9:20 AM

Sebastian Vettel believes the deployment of the Formula 1 safety car after Antonio Giovinazzi's Chinese Grand Prix crash was "unfortunate" as it eliminated the potential advantage of his early pitstop.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, celebrates his second place in parc ferme
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, leads Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H, Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70-H and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, leads Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari celebrates on the podium with the trophy
Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, greets Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, in parc ferme

The Ferrari driver pitted for slicks under the virtual safety car deployed on the first lap thanks to Lance Stroll's stricken Williams, but as Giovinazzi crashed moments after the race was restarted, the other frontrunners were then able to stop under safety car conditions.

This meant Vettel could not capitalise on the period he believed he would have had a pace advantage in on slicks, and it left him in a queue behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

The German hinted this would have transformed his battle with race winner Lewis Hamilton, who he finished 6.250s behind.

"I realised the inters had quite a log of degradation, I knew it was dry in some parts of the track and I was happy to take the risk," said Vettel of his early stop.

"But the safety car came in just as I could feel the dries were a lot quicker, so I lost a lot of positions.

"I just go with the fact that who won the races deserves to win, every race we done. Lewis did the best job, even though we were a bit unfortunate with the safety car.

"Who knows, it was a long race from there, I had a bit more to do than he had."

Once he had made his way up to second, Vettel enjoyed the battle with Hamilton, even though he never got close enough to seriously threaten the Mercedes driver.

"I tried to hunt him down, but knowing it would be difficult in the last few laps I asked for an average [time], and when they came up with a conclusion it was a bit more than half-a-second," said Vettel.

"I kept pushing in case he made a mistake and I enjoyed the fact we were racing, even if not side-by side.

"I think in pace it was a bit matched, sometimes he was faster and sometimes I was faster."

Hamilton echoed Vettel's sentiments on how closely matched they were after claiming his 54th grand prix win.

"The only summary is that it is very, very close," said Hamilton. "There were times putting laps in when it was hard to match the time in the last 10 or 12 laps when he was doing a 1m35.6s and I was doing a 1m35.8s.

"There were other times when he was faster."

Next article
Ricciardo, Perez reprimanded for anthem ceremony incident

Previous article

Ricciardo, Perez reprimanded for anthem ceremony incident

Next article

Verstappen calls for blue flag tweaks after Grosjean hold-up

Verstappen calls for blue flag tweaks after Grosjean hold-up
Load comments