Sebastian Vettel has come to the defence of his Ferrari team and its strategic calls after Pirelli suggested its 'risky' one-stop strategy was to blame for his dramatic late exit from the Belgian Grand Prix.

Vettel missed out on a potential podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps after his right-rear tyre failed at 180mph on the Kemmel Straight less than two laps from the end of the race.

The German had adopted an alternative one-stop strategy to play himself into contention after a poor qualifying had left the outside title contender starting in eight place. It meant he was intending to run the medium tyre a total of 28 laps, but it failed on its 27th lap.

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With Vettel launching an outburst at Pirelli for its failure to ensure the safety of its tyres, the tyre firm's Paul Hembery countered that Ferrari had chosen a 'risky' strategy against its own expectations of a two or even three-stop race.

However, Vettel has once again gone on the offensive against Pirelli, clarifying that the strategy call was taken between himself and the team, adding that it was never 'risky'.

"Just to make things clear, the team and I decided our strategy for the race together," he wrote on his personal website. "I support the team and the team supports me. And this is what makes us a team. Our strategy was never risky, at any point. The team is not to blame."

Vettel's words come after Pirelli revealed it had submitted a proposal back in 2013 to enforce a ruling that tyres could only be used for a certain number of laps, only for it to be rejected.

It also comes ahead of crunch talks between Ferrari and Pirelli, which will serve to allay fears over tyre safety coming into their home round at Monza, particularly after Nico Rosberg also suffered his own largely unexplained high-speed tyre failure during FP2.


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I hear what you say about the testing ban in the interests of cost-cutting,
I'd love to know how much a full seasons testing for all components ( inc tyres ) would compare to the development and manufacture of this new breed of hybrid engine financially, nowhere near the expense I bet, coming off the back of that I wonder if it would helped the smaller teams to survive if this extremely expensive cost-cutting hadn't been implemented ?!!