Sebastian Vettel struck down by fate in his own country
Turn Six! That was the reason behind the controversy between Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. According to the race stewards Sebastian Vettel was a notch too aggressive in overtaking the McLaren driver Jenson Button.
Jenson Button refrained from commenting when he was called to the podium for a small interview following his third place finish for McLaren. Well, the Briton got rewarded for his patience at the cost of Sebastian Vettel who received a 20-second penalty.
The penalty took away Sebastian Vettel’s second place finish and instead handed it to Jenson Button. The 20-second penalty took Sebastian Vettel to a fifth place finish, which leaves him 44 points behind the victor from the German Grand Prix Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard currently leads the Championship table with 154 points and is hot favorite to acquire his fourth victory of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel dreams on of seeing such success this season. By the looks of it, it will be no easy task for the young German to make a comeback and win the Championship for the third consecutive time.
In his press conference after the race Sebastian Vettel was clearly upset about the incidents at the German Grand Prix on Sunday.
“That was not nice of him,” Sebastian Vettel said in reference to his confrontation with Lewis Hamilton on the track. “I don’t see the point why he’s trying to race us. If he wants to go fast he can drop back, find a gap and go fast there. But it’s a bit stupid to disturb the leaders. He was a lap down so I don’t see the point anyways. I think that potentially lost us the position to Jenson. Because soon after that we pitted, I think only two or three laps after that. So yeah, I think all in all the pace was there but it was extremely difficult once we were close to Fernando, and also in the end closer to Jenson.
“We seemed to lose quite a lot and not stay close enough to really try something for the following corner or to get close at the straights to try something under braking, so that seemed to be the problem. Yeah, so… ah, not entirely happy. I think we could have been a little bit better in clean air if we would have, yeah, been in clean air for most of the race. But that wasn’t the case, so all in all I think we did a good race, especially a good recovery at the end, looking after the tyres and getting past Jenson. It was more a less a question of when to pass him as his tyres were is quite poor shape and he was struggling a lot. So happy to take second in the end.”
Sebastian Vettel admitted he needed to edge from this race in order to build competition for the Championship title against Fernando Alonso. The Red Bull driver confessed that this was also the reason for his aggressive driving.
“Yeah, obviously I tried to out-brake him, then he released the brake a little bit so he was at the inside and I wasn’t sure if he had given up the corner or not,” Sebastian Vettel said. “I was thinking ‘he’s fighting for the position’, so I didn’t… I was thinking ‘he’s still there’, which I think he was, and I didn’t want to close and turn in too early, I wanted to leave him some space and obviously it’s difficult to know at that time where exactly he is, so the last thing you want with two laps to go, or one lap to go is to have a crash in both of our positions.
“So then I decided to go off the circuit to make it safe for both of us. As it turned out his rear tyres had no traction so even on the paint, which is quite a lot more slippery than the asphalt, I was able to stay ahead. Then it was very close braking for Turn Eight, but I was able to stay ahead,” Sebastian Vettel added.