Sebastian Vettel described a series of problems during the Chinese Grand Prix, beginning with a poor start:
“The start was not the best we’ve had this year. On top of that it seems, for some reason, the left hand side here is worse than the right-hand side. Plus the fact that you turn right doesn’t really help.
“But it was not a one hundred percent good start so I lost also a position to Lewis who started behind me.
“Then it was about being patient. I think we treated our tyres better in the first stint. We could have stayed out but there’s no point in doing that because you try to obviously pit earlier.
“So I came to the box and obviously afterwards came out first which was good, but I was quite surprised Jenson in front of me went into my garage. I just hoped for him to carry on – we had something similar two years ago with the Toro Rosso. I don’t know what attracts people to stop in our garage but fortunately it had no effect, the guys kept their heads cool.
“We kept going and we came out in the lead. And then I think we probably tried too hard staying on two stops so the middle stint ideally should have been a bit longer.
“Surely in the end you find yourself out there on the hard tyre, I saw Lewis coming closer and closer, and there was no point really. I tried to defend as much as I can without losing too much time to the guys behind. He found his way past easily.
“It was a difficult race for us. As I said we did a couple of mistakes, on top of that we had some problems but still we finished second so I’m very happy with that.
“First of all, congratulations to Lewis and McLaren, they did a very good job and it shows.”
Vettel added he had a problem with his radio and Kinetic Energy Recovery System during the race:
“It didn’t make it easier because usually you exchange information: how the tyres are, what other other guys do, which tyres they’re on. So I asked a lot of questions but didn’t get any answers.
“On top of that – I don’t know how much of that was shown – we had some problems with KERS in the race. As I said, it wasn’t a trouble-free race.”
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