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Vettel: Stuck behind Button was key issue

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PAPHOTO4_524604Sebastian Vettel says that stuck behind Jenson Button was key issue of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German trailed behind the Button following the first pit-stop and he spent more time, finally his front wing damaged in a failed attempt to get past.

Defending world champion start from second on the grid and keep the position almost in the race but after his final pit-stop again stuck behind the two-stop contender Kimi Raikkonen ultimately the German finish with third place.

“It was not the best race,” Vettel admitted. “The rear tyres seemed to fall apart pretty quickly. I lost a bit of time in the pit-stop and then came out behind Jenson which was crucial. I struggled to get past him, and then damaged my front wing.”

“I would have loved the race to have been a bit longer, as it was fun with Kimi at the end. It’s hard to pass on this track, I got close but I wasn’t in the prime overtaking spot at that point; I was trying to set something up for the next corners, but it didn’t work.”

“The key issue in the race was when I got stuck behind Jenson, there’s no one to blame for that, I lost more time than expected on the way into the first stop and we came out just behind him. I couldn’t get past; I tried to force it and damaged my front wing, which was a mistake from my side.”

“I was maybe trying to urge a bit too much. It was close with Kimi and nice to be on the podium again today. Congratulations to Lewis, he did a good job today.”

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