Sebastian Vettel felt he was being used as a brake pad for the Renaults Zoom Get
There was one for him anyway: In his opinion, he should stop the two Renaults and help Charles Leclerc, who actually behind one of the two Renaults after his pit stop could let go. “But that didn’t help me, of course,” quarreled Vettel, who ended up just 17.
Ferrari is now denying that Vettel was only there to help his team-mate. “His race was a lot more complicated,” says chief strategist Inaki Rueda. “He lacked the Sail to overtake. An undercut against Grosjean and Giovinazzi was an option, but then he would have been stuck behind Magnussen for the whole race.”
Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi were down after the first laps before Vettel. With an early stop and a long stint on Hards, he might have overtaken the Haas and the Alfa Romeo with an undercut. Kevin Magnussen before that was too far away and they feared that after his stop they would get stuck behind the Dane.
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“We asked Seb about the condition of his tire and stayed with the notion that we had previously identified.” That meant: Vettel had to stay outside. Meanwhile, the competition drove into the pits to stop at some point.
“From lap 17 Seb has continuously made up ground with free travel and with every lap came closer to the point at which he could have successfully switched to softs, “said Rueda . After Ricciardo had overtaken him in lap 27, However, the tires collapsed. Ferrari still hoped that the tires would recover, but in lap 30 the German was brought to the carrier.
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Because at this point in time 23 laps were to be driven, it was too early to switch to gentle tires, so after the medium stint Vettel had no choice but to go out on hard. “Even if the car was lighter, 17 To be too many laps, “explains the strategist.
On hard tires, Vettel had to hope that the group in front of him would have tire problems. “And although the hard tire was very consistent, Sebastian unfortunately lost time due to blue flags. He couldn’t do much more than the 13. Place to go home. “