Celebrity guest model Winnie Harlow was invited to wave the flag at the end of the race but a mix-up caused it to shown on lap 69 instead of 70. Vettel said he knew it wasn’t the end of the race but was concerned others wouldn’t.
“Then I was a bit worried that nobody runs on the track. But it was all OK.”
Vettel revealed he was distracted in the second half of the race because he had to make frequent settings changes to his car.
“There was a point in the second stint where I had to switch on and off a lot of sensors. I think there was a small issue in the background.
“At [one] point I was close to saying when am I allowed to drive again and focus on driving because I was looking down and changing so many settings. It’s not easy to keep the focus and keep the gap but we controlled the race well.
“The first stint was crucial because we were able to open a gap, we were able to save fuel, manage the tyres and that helped us in the second stint to manage even more so. I think Valtteri [Bottas] was running a bit out of fuel towards the end which for us wasn’t the case because we were saving fuel all the way.”
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2018 F1 season
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