Sebastian Vettel says he was surprised to return to the podium for the first time since Monaco as a strategic call when rain hit Silverstone netted him third place at the British Grand Prix.
Vettel had dropped to ninth at the start but worked his way back up to sixth, before passing Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen into Stowe as the weather conditions started to deteriorate.
Vettel opted to stay out while that shower passed but as soon as the rain returned he pitted for Intermediate tyres and when Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas stopped a lap later, the time they lost meant that Vettel was able to move into third place.
"I had a bad start but then we more or less came back to fifth and sixth where we started," he said.
"[But] the gap [to Williams] was too big, there was some rain around Turns 6/7, Luffield, it was only there so it was quicker to stay on dry tyres.
"Then I came out of Chapel, Hangar Straight, I noticed more rain and the clouds and thought it was the lap to go, it wasn’t just drizzle, it was proper rain and I decided to box.
"I was surprised as I had [Daniil] Kvyat behind me and I saw him behind me when I came out of the box so I assume at that point the track was quite poor."