Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has expressed annoyance at the penalty he received while passing Felipe Massa’s Williams in the British Grand Prix.
Vettel struggled all throughout the Grand Prix for pace after he started 11th following his five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
As the German attempted to make his way back through the field, he took too many risks on a damp track and found himself running wide multiple times at Turn One, one of which was a spin as he found a wet patch on the slick tyres.
“It was a bit of an eventful race. The call was very good so we decided to be the first car to come in and it was absolutely the right thing to do,” Vettel said.
“I think we gained a lot of places but obviously then I went wide at Turn 1 and coming back to the dry with wet tyres I lost the car and spun.
“Then I lost a lot of time when I went onto the grass and spun once more. That was down to me and after that obviously we were quite a long way out and it was a bit difficult to go through traffic and really make a lot of progress when the field was spread out.”
Vettel’s day was made worse when he came under investigation by the Stewards for ‘forcing another driver off the track”, when he made his way passed Felipe Massa at Turn Two.
He was handed a five-second time penalty for the altercation, and although the penalty didn’t have an effect on the result, Vettel still disagrees with the Stewards’ decision.
“I was on the inside, he went a little bit wide at Turn 1, he was on the inside for Turn 3. We basically hit the brakes at the same time, I was trying to turn in and every time I tried to turn in I lost the car, lost the car, lost the car. So I had to open up and went wide myself.
“Obviously there was no intention to force him off the track because I was going off the track as well so it wasn’t something that I controlled, but for some reason the stewards took the view that I did that on purpose and I got the penalty. But I think it was a racing incident.”
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