“I think I made a mis­take”

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Se­bas­tian Vet­tel has ad­mit­ted he was wrong to ques­tion Fer­rari’s strat­egy dur­ing the Ger­man Grand Prix.

The four-time cham­pion re­fused to pit when told to by his team, in­sist­ing his tyres were still in good shape. Fer­rari had wanted to him to pit ear­lier for his fi­nal stop to at­tempt the un­der­cut on Max Ver­stap­pen but Vet­tel said on team ra­dio the Red Bull driver was “miles away” at the time.

How­ever Vet­tel said he has now re­alised that it would have been worth pit­ting sooner as the Fer­rari’s pace was bet­ter on fresh tyres.

“I’ve looked at that now and I think I made a mis­take be­cause we could have had a chance at putting the cars in front un­der some more pres­sure,” he said. “We were ob­vi­ously not so great at the end of the stints, strug­gling a bit with the tyres, and ob­vi­ously I didn’t want to make the last stint too long for that rea­son, so I think it was too con­ser­va­tive.”

Vet­tel played down the ap­par­ent mutiny and added: “We were talk­ing about it for a long time. I don’t know how much [au­dio] got broad­cast.”

It was an­other tough race for Fer­rari as Vet­tel and team-mate Kimi Raikko­nen fin­ished fifth and sixth and were some way off the pace of the Red Bulls.

“We strug­gled a lit­tle bit to get the bal­ance right and the car was arguably slid­ing a lit­tle bit too much, which cost us a bit of life on the tyres and per­for­mance at the end of the stint,” Vet­tel said.

“To sum it up, we just were not quick enough to­day.”

Fer­rari suf­fered an­other blow last week when it was an­nounced that tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor James Al­li­son would leave the Ital­ian team.

Fer­rari had an­other dis­ap­point­ing race Vet­tel de­fied or­ders

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