Sebastian Vettel kept his challenge for a fourth World Championship by claiming third place despite hitting a few problems in Hungary.
After his first pit stop Vettel lost time behind Jenson Button – who was on a different strategy – and he also damaged his front wing in an attempt to get past.
“It’s not the best circuit to be stuck in traffic because it’s quite difficult to overtake,” said Vettel. “I think we had not enough speed on the straights to put people under enough pressure, so obviously I got stuck behind Jenson for a long time. I damaged my front wing as well which dropped us back and after that obviously it was about the fight back as much as we could. In the middle of the race I didn’t know where I was. I just tried to hang in there and try to come back as much as we can.”
In the last part of the race Vettel failed to get past Kimi Raikkonen, despite having much younger tires.
“In the end obviously it was quite close with Kimi. We were faster, I had fresher tires but as I said, no way past. Once I was pretty close up the hill. I think I didn’t have enough room on the outside but it’s pretty difficult to judge.
Obviously I couldn’t go around the outside and pass him but I was trying to maybe put him under pressure for the next couple of corners and try to create my chance but yeah, was not a decent gap anyways.
“So, I tried, it didn’t work, we have to be happy with third. The car was good all weekend, there wasn’t much missing. But as I said, I should have done a better job with Jenson in the beginning and especially not damaged my front wing – and then it could have been a different race. But, would, could, should. In the end I think we’re happy with third.”
Meanwhile asked about the prospect of having Raikkonen as a future team mate he said: “I think he’s one of the drivers I get along most with. He’s been very honest all the time which I appreciate a lot. I think at the end of the day we’re a group of 20, 22 guys; some of them you like, others you don’t. I think at the end of the day you have to beat everyone.
“Obviously we enjoy it a lot more as well if you’re fighting other drivers in similar cars, meaning with similar pace, because it’s kind of boring when you’re only fighting your teammate. I think this is something we all enjoy.”Formula 1, Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel