Sebastian Vettel says it was only a small mistake which caused his race-ending crash out of the German Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver slid into the barriers at the Motodrom hairpin on the 52nd lap of the race during a rain shower. The furious driver was seen pummelling his steering wheel with his hands afterwards.
“I don’t think it was a huge mistake,” he said. “It was a huge impact on the race because we retired there.
“[But] it’s not like tonight I will have difficulties to fall asleep because of what I have done wrong. It’s disappointing because up to that everything was sweet. But as I said we didn’t need the rain.”
Vettel was running on older tyres than several of his rivals, including eventual winner Lewis Hamilton, when he crashed out. “They weren’t fresh but I guess it was slippery for everyone,” he said.
He apologised to his team for the crash and said the car’s performance showed they should feel confident about their chances in the title fight.
“We have a strong car so I think we can be as confident or more than anybody else. It was a very positive weekend.
“It was just one of those moments, my mistake. Apologies to the team, they did everything right. I had it in my hands, a small mistake, big disappointment.”
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