Ferrari team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene says that Sebastian Vettel made too many mistakes during the Bahrain GP. The German he could only manage fifth place after mistakes while he was fighting with Nico Rosberg for third.
Vettel perfectly made a good start and keep his position, but faded in the opening spell with some off-track tour.
The costly mistake was when he ran across the gravel at the final turn while under pressure from Nico Rosberg later in the race, which led to a damaged front wing and an unscheduled pit stop.
“It was not complicated,” Arrivabene said.
“We had a clear strategy for the two drivers and then Seb made two little mistakes. The big one was at the beginning so we were obliged to change the strategy for Seb.”
“Kimi, we told to follow our strategy. At a certain point he was not really convinced and we said ‘no, we stay as we are’. And he was brave enough and disciplined enough to follow. It was a good result.
“Regarding Sebastian, I have to say he made two big mistakes but we don’t have to forget what he has done up to now. He won one race and two podiums so sometimes it happens. We are humans, thank God and that is the beauty of the sport. So we can continue our development and that’s it.
“’I’m happy for Kimi because now I can say officially that – not that I’ve signed a contract – Kimi is back and we have two strong drivers.”
Vettel, who eventually finished fifth, explained: “Not a very good race on my side to be honest, with too many mistakes and too much time spent in traffic. I did not get into the rhythm and lost positions when it mattered not to lose positions for the overall race.” Vettel admitted (Images © Ferrari/Getty)