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F1 Mexican Grand Prix: Error-strewn day consigns Vettel to first DNF of 2015

Sebastian Vettel counts the cost as a puncture, spin and crash leave him with his first DNF since joining Ferrari.
Sebastian Vettel's hopes of splitting the two Mercedes' in the overall standings has been dealt a blow after ann eventful Mexican Grand Prix that ended in the wall.

Starting third, Vettel's day was hampered from the first corner when he was tagged by Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull, leaving him with a puncture.

Attempting to mount a fight back through the field and showing stronger pace than all but the Mercedes', a spin at turn seven dropped him back further when a more definitive off on lap 52 left him in the barriers and out of the race.

Contributing to Ferrari's first double DNF in almost ten years, Vettel was frustrated with the outcome, but held his hand up to the errors that led him to a first retirement of 2015.

“It was my mistake. I don't know, I didn't have any issues all weekend but twice in the race I went off. Once I spun and then I managed to crash. I can't be happy with how the day went. Obviously with the puncture in the first lap the race was pretty much lost.

“Without any Safety Car I couldn't really come back. The car was generally good to drive, the pace was very strong but, unfortunately we were not in a position to prove that. I think we were closer to Mercedes than in the last races but in the end we didn't see the chequered flag, so it was not a good day.

“I wanted to understand the crash, but there was nothing wrong with the car. I went in with more or less the same speed as usual but lost the car suddenly. It was similar to the first time I lost control. We know it has been tricky all weekend but cannot blame the conditions or the circuit. In the end it was my mistake, probably just asking a bit too much and once you lose the grip, depending on where it happens, it can be very costly.”


Tagged as: Ferrari , Sebastian Vettel

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Racemaster

November 02, 2015 1:51 AM

Hard to imagine today going much worse for Ferrari. Especially handing Rosberg 2nd place in the WDC on a silver platter. They will be back for sure, but were running out of season in a hurry and I really would love to see a 4th win to end this season on a high note!

BushTurkey

November 02, 2015 12:22 PM

Hypoc: Spoken like a true champion, my mistake, just a bad day that is all.
He also revised his opinion of the incident with Daniel, after viewing the videos he agreed it was a racing incident. Bad day at the office indeed but Seb took full responsibility and displayed maturity and professionalism in his approach. He seems like a much nicer guy now he's out of the RBR pressure cooker.



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