Vettel rues 'aggressive' tyre strategy

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel was left to rue an aggressive tyre strategy as he lost his chance of victory at the Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel surged into the lead at the start and maintained a slender advanatage over Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg until the race was red flagged following a collision between Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez.

Ferrari kept Vettel on a set of Super Soft tyres in the pit lane while Mercedes switched Rosberg to the Medium compound tyre.

Vettel had to pit once more, handing the lead to Rosberg, while his chase of Lewis Hamilton ended unsuccessfully after sliding wide at the penultimate corner, as he secured third place.

"I went for it, obviously the start was mega, I was very happy, it reminded me of Hungary last year where I passed both of them also into Turn 1," he said.

"We settled into a rhythm nicely, it’s much better at the front as you can control the race and the pace, obviously the red flag didn’t help us but we had our chance.

"We didn’t expect what both of them did and go on the Medium tyre and going to the end, so we tried to go more aggressive, maybe it didn’t work, but very happy with third, tried everything, hopefully it works better next time."

Raikkonen was forced to retire after his SF16-H developed a power problem, triggering a small fire from his air box.

"I don’t know the issue, we lost some power, the engine was running, and we stopped," he said.

"Apart from that the car was running well, speed is there, but we have some work to be done."

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