Red Bull bosses: Vettel overestimated himself

Date published: July 15 2019

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Helmut Marko wasn’t mincing his words when he hit out at Sebastian Vettel for punting Max Verstappen off the British Grand Prix podium.

Verstappen had an entertaining Sunday afternoon at Silverstone as he fought not one but two Ferraris.

But while his battle with Charles Leclerc was hard but clean, his tussle with Vettel ended in a crash.

Verstappen overtook Vettel for third only for the Ferrari driver to attempt to fight back.

Instead he drove into the back of Verstappen’s RB15, putting the Dutchman into a spin and off of the podium.

“It looks like he overestimated himself,” GPBlog quotes him as having said. “Braking too late and thus removing our podium.

“We were clearly faster than Ferrari in the race.”

Marko, though, wasn’t the only Red Bull boss annoyed that Vettel had robbed Verstappen of a podium finish.

Team principal Christian Horner told Autosport: “Obviously from our perspective it was very frustrating because it knocked Max off a guaranteed podium.

“Which spot on the podium, we don’t know what it would be.

“He would certainly have been second on track, and then whether Valtteri could catch him or not we would have to wait and see.”

Verstappen brought his damaged RB15 home in fifth place, nine seconds shy of the podium.

Horner added: “That was very frustrating and obviously it was remarkable the car held together.

“To keep going with the damage he had, that was quite incredible and at least he managed to finish the race and get some points out of it.

“It is frustrating because he had obviously made a great pass on Seb and I can only imagine that it was a complete misjudgement by Seb to lock up and hit him the way he did.”

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