Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has blamed strategy for not finishing the Japanese Grand Prix in second place.
The German finished in third, after running in second for most of the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel clearly did not have the pace to trouble Hamilton outfront, however was easily keeping Rosberg and Bottas at bay during the first and second stint.
It had all gone wrong for Ferrari during Vettel’s second pit-stop, the Ferrari mechanics got Sebastian in one lap after main rival Rosberg had pitted, and had costed Vettel second place, as Rosberg performed the undercut.
Vettel is fully convinced the strategy was a mistake, which cost the Ferrari driver a potential second place, despite the blistering pace of the Mercedes cars.
“I think we were surprised by the out-lap that he pulled,”
“I guess we thought the gap was big enough so you can say we made a mistake.
“In the end it’s a bit of a shame when you cross the line because I think we could have stayed ahead and it would have been difficult for him to pass.
“It’s not easy to get close. We saw he struggled for a long time with Bottas. So in the end we have to accept they were just a little bit quicker and for that reason they deserve to be ahead.
“But we had the chance. We could have done differently with hindsight, but with hindsight it’s always easy.”
“We responded well, and we have a good car today in the race,”
“Not enough to be a real challenger, especially for Lewis, but there were no safety cars or anything and we were a lot closer than in previous races on that type of circuit.
“I think all in all there’s plenty of reason to be happy.”