Sebastian Vettel admits that made mistakes in Mexico that cost him extremely while the last put him out of the grand prix and also apologizing to the team over the radio.
“I had a bad start – these things happen it is racing; the race was pretty much lost. I tried to come back, but two mistakes did not help.” Vettel told BBC Sport.
“The last mistake was my mistake, so I’m not proud of it.”
As for his clash with Ricciardo at the start of the race, the German said: “Turn one, start of the race. He was closing the door, but he was not next to me. But it was too late and I had a bad feeling into Turn Two and Three.
“This kind of stuff you can’t do on purpose, so I’m not blaming him. Obviously it is a pain when it hits you in Turn One.”
“We were very close to Mercedes in terms of pace, as close as we have been for a while,” Vettel stated. “We were forcing it.”
Kimi start from 19th, quickly he ways up into the top ten, but unluckily retire from the race after collision with Bottas.
Bottas tried to pass Raikkonen around the outside of T4; but the Williams’ left-front tyre made a contact with Raikkonen’ rear-right as they fought for position, resulted Kimi’s wheel and suspension damage.
Raikkonen took Bottas out of the Russian GP on the final lap when they fought for third place and Kimi handed a post-race time penalty
In Mexico, Raikkonen way out with a broken rear axle, ending his hopes of a fight-through-the-field to a points’ finish.
The stewards investigated and decided to take no further action and Bottas went on to finish on the podium.
“All OK with the car?” asked Bottas over the team radio as he continued on his way. ” Looks good. He just cut you up and left you no space,” was the reply.
Valtteri Bottas downplayed the incident.
“I don’t know. We shouldn’t really speak about it, we were racing hard obviously but we are normally used to it. Bottas said
“It is unfortunate when you go into a chicane like that. I was fighting for the position. There was a decent possibility to get through but it ended up like this. It was just unlucky.”
“We had contact in Russia but it was just unlucky we got together again. I was close to Turn4/5 and I was inside Turn 5 and we collided. It was a shame.”
The Finn much pleased to return to the podium – “Overall a really good race, very happy,” he said. “The team did a great job today especially with strategy. The guys were on it, so I’m really pleased with that.”