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News Vettel says he had no option but to stop twice

19:05  13 may  2018
19:05  13 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Sebastian Vettel says the Ferrari Formula 1 team had no option but to make the pitstop that cost him a Spanish Grand Prix podium. Having jumped Valtteri Bottas at the start and then maintained second when the Mercedes had a slow pitstop, Vettel looked set to finish

Ma sarebbe stato importante centrare il podio. Il secondo pit stop per rimontare gomma media è stato uno sbaglio,forse . Next start #MonacoGP. В ответ @f1_ vettel . Pity it changed his race and the result. Was rooting for him as usual.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09© Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W09

Sebastian Vettel says the Ferrari Formula 1 team had no option but to make the pitstop that cost him a Spanish Grand Prix podium.

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Vettel has fallen 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton after finishing fourth in Barcelona, though he was just a place behind the eventual But Vettel says his team had no choice and could not one- stop like Mercedes and Red Bull, telling Sky F1's Natalie PInkham: "For us it was not an option to stay out.

Vettel says F1 drivers exploiting VSC "loophole". Vettel says he had no option but to stop twice .

Having jumped Valtteri Bottas at the start and then maintained second when the Mercedes had a slow pitstop, Vettel looked set to finish runner-up to F1 world championship rival Lewis Hamilton at Barcelona.

But Ferrari brought him in for a second pitstop when the virtual safety car appeared just past half-distance, dropping Vettel from second to fourth.

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Verstappen's teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, having lost ground when he spun at the VSC restart. "[I was] struggling to keep these tyres warm," Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. Vettel says he had no option but to stop twice .

'Lewis didn't leave me any space and I had no choice but to run into him and make contact,' said the German. Most neutral observers, in fact, thought Hamilton had left his rival adequate space and that Vettel stayed in too hard.

Asked by Sky Sports F1 if he felt that was the right tactic, Vettel replied: "Yeah, because the advice was it was not an option to stay out.

"We were going through the tyres quicker than the others, though obviously it looks different and looks wrong."

He then spent the rest of the race trailing Max Verstappen, despite the Red Bull having front wing damage and Vettel being on new medium tyres.

"Overall we were a little quicker, our tyres were fresher as well, but as the laps went on we didn't have enough pace," Vettel admitted.

"We were just not quick enough. Even at the end I was not in healthy shape with the tyres despite the fact mine were the newest.

"It's been a decent weekend, we just need to understand what to do with the tyres. We need to have a look."

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff agreed that Ferrari had been in worse shape for tyre wear, and said it had been a concern for his team too.

Vettel made his first pitstop to change from softs to mediums after just 17 of the 66 laps, with Hamilton coming in eight laps later.

"Sebastian's front left was really bad, they needed to pit, and we were a little bit worried that structurally we could have a failure, so that's why we decided to pit Lewis as well," said Wolff.

"In hindsight, we'd rather stay out, but with a [risk of] structural failure obviously during the whole race."

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