Sebastian Vettel has spoken of his disappointment after going from first to out after a crash on Turn 13 of Lap 52.
Despite the threat of rain, and after Ferrari telling his teammate Kimi Raikkonen to let him past, Sebastian Vettel crashed out of his home Grand Prix after losing the car in the 52nd lap.
After the race, Vettel answered questions of how he was feeling by saying, “Not much emotion, I mean disappointed. It was obviously quite an unspectacular way to end the race. Up to that point, I think everything was fine but then obviously a small mistake made a big impact on the race result.”
After starting the race from pole position, Vettel became victim of a struggle between whether to go on slick or intermediate tyres when rain began to fall, and lost the back end of his car on Turn 13 of Lap 52, ending with his car in the wall. With a voice full of emotion, Vettel apologised to his team over the radio.
Vettel’s crash led to a safety car, which prompted a round of pitstops and left the race for the lead wide open.
The German has now been overtaken in the championship race by his main rival Lewis Hamilton, who is now 17 points ahead.
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