Sport Vettel not panicking after Silverstone tyre drama

14:45  17 july  2017
14:45  17 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win

  Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as both Ferraris hit tyre trouble in the dying stages. Hamilton enjoyed the perfect getaway from pole position after an aborted start following Jolyon Palmer’s stoppage on the formation lap, with Max Verstappen passing Sebastian Vettel for third. An early safety car period followed after a clumsy collision between the two Toro Rosso team-mates of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat at Becketts. Sainz was forced to retire, with Kvyat handed a drive-through penalty. Hamilton proceeded to pull away from Kimi Raikkonen at the restart, while Vettel and Verstappen engaged in a monumental battle as the Dutchman defended fiercely from the Ferrari. Vettel then pitted on Lap 19 and executed the undercut to perfection, emerging ahead when the Red Bull driver stopped on the following lap. The leaders then followed suit, while the soft-shod Valtteri Bottas stayed out before switching to the faster supersofts for his final stint on as he continued his impressive fightback. Daniel Ricciardo, who had started from the back, promoted himself into the points places by overtaking both the Force India drivers on fresh rubber. At the front of the field, Bottas had closed in on Vettel, who offered only a brief defence before the Mercedes driver swept past. Bottas was then elevated to second as what seemed to be a puncture forced Raikkonen to pit.

SILVERSTONE , England (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a "There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres . "Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air."

“There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres . “Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air.” Hamilton reigns at Silverstone to cut Vettel lead. No need to panic , says Vettel after tyre drama .

Sebastian Vettel insists there is no need for him to panic over his championship situation, despite losing a potential podium from a late puncture at the British Grand Prix.

The German was running in third position when his left-front tyre deflated with just two laps remaining; the late pitstop saw him drop to seventh by the chequered flag.

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a similar tyre issue the lap before, the Finn had been running in a comfortable second behind eventful winner Lewis Hamilton.

Although Vettel has seen his lead cut to just one point, the championship leader remains calm but admits the team needs to be aware of Mercedes surge in form.

Vettel calls on Verstappen to "calm down"

  Vettel calls on Verstappen to Sebastian Vettel has warned Max Verstappen to ‘stick to his line’ after the pair came perilously close to a crash in an almighty scrap at Silverstone. Verstappen, who lined up fourth, found a way past Vettel at the start but soon came under attack from the championship leader. The Dutchman defended fiercely, refusing to allow the Ferrari by as Vettel attempted a lunge at Stowe corner and looked to force a way past at the final chicane. The German would then execute the undercut to take third before a tyre failure at the death saw him fall to seventh. Vettel, who has clashed with Verstappen on track in the past, felt the Dutchman was pushing his luck. “We know he is a bit jumpy,” Vettel said of their latest duel. “He is trying to defend as hard as possible and at some point you need to stick to your line. “I am sure he will calm down, it is not that many races he has done. “I wanted to get past, I think I had a chance before that and then Turn 15 turned out to be very wide which didn’t help me but in the end we got him at the pit-stop, we just lost a lot of time in the first stint.” Verstappen, who accused his rival of playing “bumper cars” over team radio, shrugged off any criticism and was satisfied with his defence. “I knew I was quite a bit slower than him but I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing I could do,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. “Luckily he didn’t pass me on track so I’m very happy about that.

REUTERS. Four in a row for Hamilton as blowout hits Vettel . Silverstone supremo Hamilton feels the love. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a single point on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel 's car tyre got punctured towards the end of the British GP race. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a single point on Sunday.

“The car is great, it has been fantastic in the race again today,” Vettel.

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“So there is no reason to panic or to worry. But we need to be aware that they [Mercedes] are very quick and there are a couple of advantages that we need to work on. Then it could be a different picture.”

The four-time champion admitted there was no indication the tyre would delaminate, despite suffering from blistering in the latter stages of the grand prix.

“It was very sudden,” he added. “The tyres were going down but nothing out of the ordinary, so it was quite sudden when the tyre decided not to take me to the end of the race.

“It could have been a bit better for sure, but a disaster? I don’t think so.”

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Vettel: gap to Hamilton was too strong .
Sebastian Vettel conceded title rival Lewis Hamilton’s pace in qualifying for this weekend’s British Grand Prix was simply too strong to match. Hamilton clinched a fifth pole position at Silverstone with a laptime more than half a second clear than anyone else, while Vettel was forced to settle for third behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Although the four-time champion came within a tenth of Hamilton initial Q3 effort, he ended up seven tenths slower on his final run. Asked after the session if he felt he had any chance of beating Hamilton to pole, Vettel said: “No. I think the time he put in at the end was very strong. “The one he put in before we were able to beat, the gap at the end was a bit bigger. I think he owned the pole position today.” Vettel was frustrated once the session concluded after he felt he was compromised in traffic on his final lap. Nevertheless, the German remains upbeat he can challenge for victory, hailing the teams turnaround from an off the pace Friday. “Most important is that the car is good, we improved it today and tomorrow should be better. “We have always been closer on Sundays, so sitting here, having expectations, the answer [to whether Ferrari expects to be closer] is always yes, but we’ll see tomorrow.

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