Vet­tel and Fer­rari: their costli­est er­rors

Car (South Africa) - - SPEED -

Azer­bai­jan, 29 April

Vet­tel started from pole and led eas­ily un­til a safety-car pe­riod brought pit stops and a reshuf­fle as Valt­teri Bot­tas stayed out. Des­per­ate to re­gain the lead at the restart, Vet­tel locked up, clipped Bot­tas and ran wide. Hamil­ton in­her­ited a win he never ex­pected.

France, 24 june

Lead­ing the cham­pi­onship, Vet­tel tried to do some­thing about the all-mercedes front row but locked up go­ing into the first cor­ner, hit Bot­tas and send them both to the back of the field. Vet­tel re­cov­ered to fin­ish fifth but Hamil­ton was un­trou­bled at the front.

Ger­many, 22 july

Vet­tel had this one un­der con­trol un­til, with 16 laps to go in damp con­di­tions, he slid into the bar­rier. Hamil­ton, who had started from 14th on the grid, came through to win. This was a ma­jor turn­ing point, Vet­tel hav­ing lost 25 points and Hamil­ton gain­ing an­other seven he didn’t ex­pect.

italy, 2 Septem­ber

Fer­rari’s qual­i­fy­ing strat­egy con­trived to put Kimi Räikkö­nen on pole in­stead of Vet­tel who, anx­ious to re­assert him­self, spun to the back of the field while fend­ing off an at­tack by Hamil­ton. Vet­tel fin­ished fourth; Hamil­ton won.

ja­pan, 7 Oc­to­ber

A wrong choice of tyres by Fer­rari put Vet­tel on the back foot dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing and an at­tempt to make up ground in the race brought a col­li­sion with Max Ver­stap­pen. A re­cov­ery from last to sixth was over­shad­owed by an­other win for Hamil­ton.

united States, 21 Oc­to­ber

Vet­tel was pe­nalised three grid places for go­ing too fast un­der a red flag dur­ing prac­tice and then spin­ning while fight­ing for fourth place on the first lap.

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