Vettel: Hamilton did not leave me any space

Date published: September 2 2018

Sebastian Vettel: Hamilton did not leave me any space

Sebastian Vettel says it is “ironic” that he was the one spun in lap 1 contact with Lewis Hamilton given that the Brit was to blame.

Starting the Italian Grand Prix from second on the grid, Vettel tried to challenge his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for the lead but was forced to back off.

He was then attacked by Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver went around the outside into the second chicane in order to get the better line when it turned right.

That put the two on a collision course with Vettel blaming Hamilton.

He said: “I tried to pass Kimi but obviously he then opened the brakes and I didn’t have a gap and I didn’t want to try something silly so I got out of it.

“Lewis saw a little bit around the outside but he didn’t leave me any space.

“I had no other chance but to run into him and make contact.

“I tried to get out from there but I couldn’t.

“Unfortunately I was the one that spun around which is a bit ironic.

“Things were not looking too peachy.

“We tried to recover, we still got a lot of points so it could be a lot worse.”

Sunday’s result means Vettel has fallen to 30 points behind Hamilton in the race for this year’s World title.

The German, though, is adamant there is still time for him to recover.

“Obviously it doesn’t help when you lose points but it is not the end of the world.

“We’ll still wake up tomorrow morning.

“I feel down at the moment, mostly for the people.

“They have been incredible but we didn’t deliver but what can you do when you get spun around.

“There’s not much you can do from there.

“I’m not too worried, we have the pace. The points sound a lot but it doesn’t take too long to get them back.”

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