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Sebastian Vettel struggles to seventh in Hungary after spin

Jul 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

Sebastian Vettel has come away from the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with his tail between his legs after struggling to seventh place in a race that included an uncharacteristic spin.

The defending world champion has never won at the Hungaroring, and although he was never in contention to this weekend, he may have hoped for better than seventh place from the front row of the grid.

After dropping behind Valtteri Bottas off the line, Vettel was pitted one lap too late by Red Bull during the first safety car period. Upon the restart, his car was in the wrong mode, causing him to lose yet more time. A spin at the final corner very nearly brought his race to an early end, but he eventually struggled home to seventh place at the flag.

“It wasn’t a great race,” Vettel said. “I spun, which was my mistake, and before that I was unlucky with the safety car in the first stint. The timing meant the first four cars lost positions to those running behind. Unfortunately we were then in the wrong mode for the restart and I lost two positions.”

Vettel’s result contrasts heavily with that of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who clinched his second win of the season today after a superb display. The Australian driver now leads Vettel by 43 points in the drivers’ standings, and unless there is a dramatic change in fortunes for the German, that gap may remain until the end of the season.

  1. cuencanolenny - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Of course the spin was Seb’s fault, however, unlike Perez, Seb saved the car and continued on. It was indeed a strange race, but without question the most fun race to watch so far this season. On such a short, twisty track, being on the option tire didn’t provide a great advantage over the prime tire, until you were in clear air. It is just disheartening to watch the MB cars run away or chase down everyone else. I thought Fred did a great job of fending off Hamilton to capture 2nd place, those tires were cooked. The Hamilton around Vergne and Ricciardo around Hamilton were the two best passes of the day, same corner, same approach, on the outside. The Ricciardo pass of Alonso was just ERS, but I note that Hamilton could not pull off the same pass on the last few laps.

  2. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Vettel had very good day that his results don’t really show.

    He was charging ahead all race long.

    And Daniel’s pass of Fernando was Daniel’s young reflexes saving both of their butts at the last possible millisecond.

    And I agree that it is very clear that both of the Mercedes cars make the rest look like GP2 cars compared to their far superior pace.

    But that makes where Daniel and Fernando finished look just that much more impressive.

    It was a very strange and wonderful race where all the drivers put forth amazing efforts just to keep their cars on track much less entertain us the way they did.

  3. fireblade22 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Time for another nasty anti-Vettel hatchet-job from Luke Shaw.

    “Sebastian Vettel has come away from the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with his tail between his legs”

    I missed the description of Riccardo leaving the Austrian GP (he finished eighth) “with his tail between his legs”. In sports other than F1 British journalists conduct themselves with some semblance of fairness and impartiality.

    • testover6370 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Red Bull as a team was out to lunch in Austria so Ricciardo’s 8th was relatively impressive. In Hungary Red Bull were the team to beat, on top form, and Vettel blew it. Vettel is doing his own hatchet job on himself in the way he has been thoroughly meh this season.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    The rain was a major factor in the results even though all the drivers more than earned their money in Hungary. That being said Vettel has been unable to keep pace with Ricciardo all season even though he has improved some. Vettel is not the golden boy that Red B.S. Racing has made him think he is. Ricciardo proves this. Vettel is getting a serious reality check this year and he needs it as he’s turned into an egomaniac and unscrupulous punk.

  5. wickedwickedboy - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    What a weird rambling article. Vettel hardly had his tail between his legs due to the spin. Hamilton spun, Alonso ditched the chicane for an advantage – and the only difference is that they got away with it. More to the point, Vettel saved the spin with some quick thinking and deft driving. 7th wasn’t great, but Bottas (from 2nd) ended in 8th and Rosberg 4th – which was quite sad compared to where they all began. But Vettel held Bottas off in the end, and the younger driver with much fresher rubber, so there were positives for him. Ricciardo and Alonso did an excellent job – albeit Dan had the huge benefit from the safety car. Alonso lasted on those old tyres which was really good.

  6. wickedwickedboy - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    What a weird rambling article. Vettel hardly had his tail between his legs due to the spin. Hamilton spun, Alonso ditched the chicane for an advantage – and the only difference is that they got away with it. More to the point, Vettel saved the spin with some quick thinking and deft driving. 7th wasn’t great, but Bottas (from 2nd) ended in 8th and Rosberg 4th – which was quite sad compared to where they all began. But Vettel held Bottas off in the end, and the younger driver with much fresher rubber, so there were positives for him. Ricciardo and Alonso did an excellent job – albeit Dan had the huge benefit from the safety car. Alonso lasted on those old tyres which was really good. To some degree you have to forgive the Brits, they believed it would be Hamilton in Vettel’s shoes with 4 WDCs and all the records. But patience! Hamilton now has the car to pull it off, if he can keep his focus and stop losing it on track.

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