Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that his selection of tyres for the Italian Grand Prix gave him limited opportunity to test the harder compounds in practice, while the wet conditions on Friday also didn’t help the Maranello team’s plans ahead of the race. As noted on Friday, Sebastian Vettel, who picked nine sets of super-softs, one soft and two medium for Monza, explained why he chose the soft tyre when he was forced to pit on lap one after the incident with Lewis Hamilton, rather than attempting to run to the end of a set of mediums:
“Obviously practice was a bit compromised so we didn’t get a lot of running. I had one set of each [for the race], no chance to try a set of soft or the medium, so we didn’t really know the tyre.” – the four-time Formula One world champion said, as reported by the British and Italian media after the race – “I think last week was pretty straightforward in terms of tyre. Obviously today fighting through the field is never going to treat tyres nicely. I said we need another stop, if the tyres had been absolutely fine we would have tried to stay out but there was no chance. We did what we could. I think the pace was good given that the car was actually very damaged.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.