For some strange reason, people have gotten it in their mind that Vettel’s race was aided by safety cars and crashes. Somehow forgetting that the first safety car put him back 10 places and messed up his tire strategy.
Sebastian Vettel: 21 on-track overtakes.
Start: p21 (3 cars out at start)
Lap 8: p13 (8 overtakes)
Lap 8: SAFETY CAR
Lap 14: p21
Lap 19: p12 (9 overtakes, gifted Hamilton’s spot, overtook Grosjean twice)
Lap 25: p8 (3 overtakes, Kobayashi pits)
Lap 28: p7 (Massa spun)
Lap 31: p2 (Alonso, Maldonado, Webber, Button, Perez pit)
Lap 36: p4 (pitstop lets Alonso and Button pass)
Lap 38: SAFETY CAR (Vettel gains 10 seconds to Button)
Lap 44: SAFETY CAR in
Lap 52: overtake on Button
So while it may seem to some like Vettel’s race today was aided by safety cars and other drivers tumbling over each other, most of that actually happened behind him. Having to pit, ruining your tire strategy and fall back 8 places with the first safety car can hardly be considered luck, and by the time of the second safety car, he had already made his second pit stop and was in 4th place.
Edit: Duplicate thread closed by moderator
Raikkonen wins as Vettel races from pits to podium
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