Vettel on police in China as Hamilton struggles

Posted April 16, 2018

A mid-race safety vehicle allowed Raikkonen to close the gap to the leaders and a collision between Vettel and Max Verstappen enabled to the Finn to take what had become third place from Lewis Hamilton. "I know the title is not won and lost in two races, and the experiences of the last two grands prix strengthen you, but I don't want to fall any further behind". In the end I had a decent speed with the Mediums against the guys that were on the same tires, but getting close to them and try to follow was really tricky.

"I gave a little bit of room just in case he has a tiny lock-up, but then obviously he had a big lock-up, and that's when we crashed".

Verstappen, whose teammate Ricciardo put on a superb overtaking display to claim victory, accepted full responsibility.

"The safety auto helped us, at that time we had fresh tires", Raikkonen continued.

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"Today was definitely a shock when we got into FP3 and the vehicle was completely different", said Hamilton, who spun in Saturday morning practice.

"It was clear that the Red Bulls were faster".

A Ferrari mechanic suffered a double leg fracture in Bahrain last time out, as Kimi Raikkonen was released too early, while Haas endured a double retirement in Australia after tyres were not fitted correctly. The way Daniel approached from behind there was no point to resist much and the same with Max.

When asked how he felt his pace was compared to Vettel before the Safety Car was deployed, Bottas said: "It felt like everything was under control and I had no major drop off in the end".

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"He came straight after".

"I could see that he was struggling on the tyres and tried to brake late into the corner and locked the rears a bit and hit him". I think he realized that he did a mistake. I think Valtteri is a great driver. He was quite composed and realised that he messed up. They were also asking whether it's a question of age and so on - it's not.

"But I appreciate the fact that he came straight away. We were both lucky". You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of either, and you can then watch the race live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app. "I told him that was the way to solve it, face to face and not through the media or blowing something up".

The safety auto was triggered on lap 30 by a coming together of Torro Rossa drivers Brendan Hartley and Pierre Gasly, who tangled when Gasly had a go at his team-mate into the hairpin, the resultant contact leaving debris strewn across the track.

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