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Losing time behind Button “crucial” for Vettel

Jul 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

McLaren driver Button of Britain drives ahead of Red Bull driver Vettel and Lotus F1 driver Grosjean during the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix in Mogyorod Reuters

Sebastian Vettel has explained how he lost the chance to challenge Lewis Hamilton for victory today at the Hungarian Grand Prix after getting stuck behind Jenson Button following his first pit stop.

Vettel pitted on lap 11 for fresh tires in an attempt to catch Hamilton, but he instead came out of the pits behind Button which allowed Hamilton to pull away. Instead of quickly passing Button, Vettel lost twelve laps behind the McLaren driver and he believes that this was “crucial” in determining the result of the race.

“It was not the best race,” Vettel said on the podium after the race. “The start was difficult and when Lewis pulled in we thought we could do it on the softs. I lost a bit and came out behind Jenson which was crucial. I damaged my front wing which did not help.”

In the final stint of the race, Vettel came close to passing Kimi Raikkonen for 2nd place but he could not find a way past.

“I tried to hang on in there and tried to fight back with Kimi. I could not get him on the straight. We wanted a little bit more today.”

Despite failing to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time, Vettel has extended his lead in the drivers’ championship to 38 points, putting him in a strong position heading into the summer break.

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