Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that the Maranello team had no option but to make the pitstop that cost him a Spanish Grand Prix podium. aving jumped Valtteri Bottas at the start and then maintained second when the Mercedes had a slow pitstop, Sebastian Vettel looked set to finish runner-up to F1 world championship rival Lewis Hamilton at Barcelona.
But Scuderia Ferrari brought him in for a second pitstop when the virtual safety car appeared just past half-distance, dropping Vettel from second to fourth. Asked by Sky Sports F1 if he felt that was the right tactic, Vettel replied: “Yeah, because the advice was it was not an option to stay out: “We were going through the tyres quicker than the others, though obviously it looks different and looks wrong.”
He then spent the rest of the race trailing Max Verstappen, despite the Red Bull having front wing damage and Vettel being on new medium tyres: “Overall we were a little quicker, our tyres were fresher as well, but as the laps went on we didn’t have enough pace,” Vettel admitted – “We were just not quick enough. Even at the end I was not in healthy shape with the tyres despite the fact mine were the newest. It’s been a decent weekend, we just need to understand what to do with the tyres. We need to have a look.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded at the end of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, as reported by the Italian media.