British GP

Tyre dramas caught us both by surprise – Vettel

British Grand Prix: Ferrari speedy Sebastian Vettel saw his title lead fall down to just a single point following a huge anticlimax turn-down Ferrari’s expectation in the final stages of the British Grand Prix.

The championship leader was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tyre punctured – just after his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s car experienced the same trouble.

Raikkonen still made the final place in the podium by replacing Vettel in third and the German finished in seventh.

“I don’t think anyone is to blame in hindsight [for the puncture,” Vettel tells Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham.

“At the time it felt OK. Kimi had a similar issue and his tyres were at least five, six laps fresher. It caught us both by surprise.

“[The weekend] could have been a little bit better, for sure, but disaster? I don’t think so. We had a good car, especially in the corners, the balance was alright. In the race, the brakes caught fire from the start and from then it was a difficult race. Then I couldn’t get past Max, we did it with a pitstop. Then it was looking like P3, P4, it was claar Valtteri would get past because I was stuck. Small things here or there led to a busy afternoon. “ the German added

“The battle with Max? It didn’t help me at all .I’m sure it looked good but I wanted to make it past and I didn’t so it was quite tricky. I tried everything.”

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