Sebastian Vettel: “Everything happened very quickly” / Formula 1

In the Brazilian sprint, Sebastian Vettel had a close battle with his Aston Martin team-mate Lance Stroll, who was penalized for his driving style in a duel with the Heppenheim man.

In the sprint in Brazil, Formula 1 fans could watch not only an exciting battle at the front, but also a hard fight further down the field. For example, the two Alpine drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon fought against each other, and the Aston Martin duo Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel also had a balanced fight.

Stroll showed his unsportsmanlike side, pushing the four-time champion off the piste and receiving a 10-second penalty. Law enforcement considered the Canadian’s maneuver too dangerous, and many observers felt the same way.

Vettel, however, held back from the criticism of his teammates. “It was close, but we didn’t touch,” explained the German. “Everything happened very quickly, I stabbed in and the gap closed. That’s why I went off the piste, but luckily I was able to get back on track and then use the pace I had.”

To chastise his team-mate, Vettel diplomatically said: “It’s fine, everyone is fighting for their position and of course it’s important that you defend yourself. On the other hand, you lose more than you can win. In the end, we both could have done better to get a better position for both of us. Then we’d lose less time and finish a little higher up the field.”

The 35-year-old, who will end his GP career after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, commented on his chances in the upcoming Grand Prix: “I think we have a real chance of points, but we must not forget that the Alpine riders will come back, they are usually too fast for us . But our race pace looks good.”

Sprint, Sao Paulo

01. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 30:11.307 min
02. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +3.995 sec
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +4.492
04. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +10,494
05. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +11.855
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +13.133
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +25.624
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +28.768
09. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +30.218
10. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +34.170
11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +39.395
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +41.159
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +41.763
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +42.338
15. Fernando Alonso (L), Alpine, +48.985
16. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +50.306
17. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +50,700
18. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +51.756
19. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +76,850
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Dreher

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

01. Verstappen 421 points
02. Perez 284
03. Leclerc 278
04. Russell 239
05. Hamilton 222
06. Sainz 219
07. Norris 113
08. Ocon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Bottas 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gaseous 23
15. Walk 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18. Zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latif 2
21. DeVries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructors’ Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 705 Points
02. Ferrari 497
03. Mercedes 461
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 53
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams 8

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