Sebastian Vettel was unhappy with the drive-through penalty that cost him a likely win in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
He was hit with a penalty for failing to stay close enough to the leader Mark Webber as the race restarted.
Vettel admitted in the press conference he hadn’t been ready for the restart:
It was a very easy race because we had a pace advantage. At the restart I was sleeping and I was probably relying too much on the radio. In the first stint I lost the radio and didn’t hear anything. I was waiting for an instruction when the first car was coming in.
Also Mark, when the safety car is coming in the leader usually drops back, but he was very close.
Then when I saw Mark and the safety car very close to each other and the safety car was going into the pits I realised what was going on.
I am very disappointed because it would have been a walk in the park today.
He gestured angrily with his hands when he came in to serve the drive-through penalty during the race. He said afterwards he didn’t understand why he’d been given the penalty:
I didn’t understand what was going on and why I’d been penalised. So it was a question mark for me, I didn’t understand at the time.
Vettel ended the race in third place.
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