‘No reason to panic,’ assures Vettel after disappointing British GP

Despite a couple of strategy gambles, Sebastian Vettel was never able to work his way up through the field on Sunday.

Zak Mauger

Sebastian Vettel says there is “no reason to panic” after Ferrari experienced a difficult British GP.

Having started 11th following a grid penalty, Vettel finished in ninth place. The first driver to pit for slicks, he had a spin, and also picked up a five-second penalty for an incident with Felipe Massa, when he was judged to have forced the Brazilian off the road, although that did not impact his result. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen could manage only fifth place.

“Today it was a tough day,” said Vettel. “But we trust our team and trust our car, so there is no reason to panic and to turn the world upside down. The call to come into the pits was absolutely right, but then the spin didn’t help, and all my advantage was gone again.

“The penalty in the end didn’t make a difference, it was not on purpose that I was trying to squeeze Felipe. Actually I was going out myself, and I was surprised how little grip there was, going side by side with him. In the end it was a racing incident. Now we need to understand where we lost something.

“We have a lot of things to learn from a weekend like this. Clearly today we weren’t as competitive as in other races, but at least we recovered some points. And this was the only race of the year where we weren’t able to beat the Red Bulls in terms of race pace. Things may look different in two weeks’ time, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. We need to go forward and understand why we made a step back this time around.”