Vettel also admitted that he had been lucky with the timing of his pit-stop, coming as it did before the safety car was called to cover Massa's crash.
“Obviously, it was a very, very good call from the team,” he insisted, “Initially, we wanted to pit a lap earlier, but then we aborted that. Obviously, there was a yellow and, in the end, I think we were just a little bit lucky.
“We decided to pit and, when I changed tyres and went back out, at the same moment the safety car came, [it] probably helped us a little bit. I don't know if Lewis had a problem with the stop, or if it was just down to the fact that the safety car came at the wrong time for him, but, yeah, it was nice. At some stage, I was hoping that it might be enough to get Nico as well, but he obviously was in the lead by quite a bit before we came in.”