Sebastian Vettel has dismissed suggestions that the British Grand Prix was a disaster for himself and Ferrari, despite seeing his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton slashed from 20 points to just one amid dramatic circumstances.
Having overcome a bad start at Silverstone, Vettel was running third and coming under increasing pressure from Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas when he suffered a front-left puncture on the penultimate lap. He managed to make it back to the pits for fresh tyres, but eventually crossed the line in seventh place – his lowest finish of the year.
“It could have been a bit better for sure, but a disaster? I don’t think so,” said a philosophical Vettel, whose tyre woes happened moments after team mate Kimi Raikkonen had suffered the same fate.
“I think we had a good car, especially in the corners. The balance was alright in the race.
"The brakes caught fire at the start which compromised the start and from there it was a difficult race. We didn’t get past Max [Verstappen, who passed Vettel at the start], we did it with the pit stop, and then I think it was looking like P3/P4.
“It was clear that Valtteri would come because obviously he benefitted at the beginning because I got stuck. Overall small things here and there that led into a busy afternoon.”