Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Sebastian Vettel - Lewis Hamilton didn't leave enough space

Sebastian Vettel - Lewis Hamilton didn't leave enough space

Vettel then tangled with world champion and eventual race victor Lewis Hamilton, spinning back to 18th and having to fight through to a damage-limiting fourth - 30 points adrift of the British Mercedes driver with seven races left.

The defending world champion produced a perfectly-judged race of raw aggression and astute tyre-management in his Mercedes to finish 8.7 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who had claimed pole position in a Ferrari front row with the fastest lap in Formula One history. Vettel claimed Hamilton hadn't left him room, but the stewards chose to take no further action, and the championship leader downplayed the contact after taking his third win in four races.

Vettel spun in a lap-one clash with Hamilton and although he raced back through the field with a damaged auto to fourth, he slipped 30 points behind the Englishman with seven races to go. Unfortunately, I was the one that spun around, which is ironic'. "The points sound a lot but actually it doesn't take a long time to get them down".

"I want to give it up to Ferrari who put up a great challenge and gave us a great fight", said Hamilton. I could just focus on Kimi for the whole race. "Take care of the tyres, we need to bring the auto home", said Ferrari.

Vettel had to pit for a new front wing and then fought through to fifth on the road, before gaining another place via a penalty for Max Verstappen. "Obviously his vehicle at that point feels a lot better than mine with nobody in front and I had nowhere to go".

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I don't even want to try to say something in relation to that. "Step by step we will get our best condition", Guardiola said. After the match, BT Sports pundit Jermaine Jenas put the odd phenomenon into perspective for viewers and fans.

'Lewis didn't leave me any space and I had no choice but to run into him and make contact, ' said the German. We have to deliver results like this more often. "It definitely happens in football and probably here more than I've noticed in others but it is the way it is", added the Briton. Racing resumed on lap four as the stewards announced they were taking no action, declaring it a "racing incident". I had the experience a few years ago of being on the inside and it didn't come off too well.

"Obviously it doesn't help when you lose points but it's not the end of the world". He has a commanding 30-point lead in the championship now. It's disappointing of course, because we had the pace and we definitely could have won.

"It is very, very easy to allow it to get to you, to allow it to have an impact on your life and have you think about it, all these different things".

"There was a lot of negativity, and that is natural when you are up against an opposing team but I could see the British flags around the track, and they inspired me and that is who I was driving for".

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