Vettel takes blame for Mexico exit

By on Monday, November 2, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel accepted responsibility after he crashed out of a Formula 1 race for the first time in five years at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Vettel made contact with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at the start and sustained a puncture, which dropped him to the back of the pack.

Vettel spun at Turn 7 while recovering positions and subsequently crashed out of the race at the same corner.

"I had a bad start, and obviously after the contact with Daniel I was very angry, but in the end I think no one is to blame," he said.

"He clearly could not avoid hitting me being too fast for the line he had chosen, but these things happen. That’s racing, even if of course it’s painful if it happens in the first corner and you have to drive all the way back.

"So the race was pretty much lost at that time. I was hoping for a safety car earlier on, but it didn’t happen. I tried to catch up, but the two mistakes didn’t help.

"The last one obviously ended my race and I am not proud of it."

Vettel was nonetheless encouraged by the pace of the Ferrari SF15-T during the race.

"The car in general was good, we were quick, the pace was promising and we were very close to Mercedes, probably we hadn’t been that close for a while," he suggested.

"I tried everything to force it and come back. And trying too hard is probably the right explanation for my mistake."

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