Vettel defends Ferrari's tyre strategy

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has defended Ferrari's strategy during the Belgian Grand Prix, following his late tyre drama.

Vettel started the race at Spa-Francorchamps from ninth position on the grid but utilised a one-stop strategy to sit in third position with a handful of laps remaining.

Vettel held the spot until the penultimate lap when his right rear tyre failed at Kemmel, causing the German driver to slip outside of the points-paying positions.

A furious Vettel hit out at Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli while the Italian company suggested that Vettel's one-stop strategy was ambitious.

"Just to make things clear: The team and I decided our strategy for the race together," Vettel said in a statement posted on his official website.

"I support the team and the team supports me. And this is what makes us a team.

"Our strategy was never risky, at any point. The team is not to blame."

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