Failures caught Ferrari by surprise - Vettel

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

After being forced to pit it looked as though Raikkonen would miss out on a deserved podium finish, until Ferrari teammate Vettel suffered a puncture - also on his front left tyre - promoting Raikkonen back up the order into third.

Kimi Raikkonen said his vehicle felt normal and he had no warning of the first of two tyre failures to hit Ferrari's hopes in the closing laps of Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Like Raikkonen, he had to limp to the pits for new tyres to complete the race. Kimi I think had a similar issue, and his tyres were at least five, six laps fresher so I think it caught us both by surprise.

"Hindsight is great, it's easy, but at the time it felt OK", Vettel said of the problem.

Despite seeing his championship lead all but wiped out as Lewis Hamilton won to cut the gap to one point, Vettel insists it was just a case of small issues adding up to a poor final result.

"I think we got more or less the most out of the auto in the race, they were just a bit faster today".

Asked if the weekend was a disaster, the German replied: "Well, I think it could've been a little bit better for sure".

"I don't think there's anyone particularly to blame", he said. The balance was all right. In the race obviously, brakes caught fire at the start, which compromised the start and from there it was a hard race. It was clear that we were faster and we obviously got him in the pitstops.

Vettel and Verstappen were locked in a fierce battle for third place during the first stint of Sunday's race, with both drivers taking it in turns to run the other out wide at Stowe and Club.

"I knew I was quite a bit slower than him but I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing I could do", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

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