Sebastian Vettel says fourth place in today’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring was the best result possible.
The German started the race from fifth place but advanced to third on lap one after Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen’s first corner collision.
He eventually lost a position to Lewis Hamilton, taking the chequered flag 22 seconds behind the Brit and eight seconds clear of Fernando Alonso and his team-mate.
“It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone,” he said. “It was quite entertaining the first half of the race and at one point it was quite tight with both the Ferraris, but we managed to stay ahead.
“The second stop was a bit too close and Fernando was able to pass without too many difficulties, which put us on the back foot, but we decided to be a bit more aggressive towards the end and make sure we got the undercut and then we could put some gap between us, which was crucial for us as we were quite tight in terms of fuel towards the end of the race.
“I think that was the best we could get today. Daniel just missed passing Fernando at the end unfortunately.”
Daniel Ricciardo just missed out on fifth by one tenth of a second, but enjoyed his own battle with Alonso. “That was awesome fun, one of my most enjoyable races I’ve had. I mean, not on the first lap, obviously, that was just the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I wasn’t as worse off as Massa and hopefully he is okay. I was on the outside and the collision happened, I had to avoid it and went pretty far down the field, I don’t know exactly how far back.
“From then on I just got on to the radio and said let’s make an amazing recovery and make ourselves proud today. And I think we did that, we fought hard and we didn’t leave anything on the table.
“These are the moments and battles that I personally thrive off and enjoy. Fernando is known to be a tough racer and I thought who better to have a good fight with. I was on the primes and he was on fresher options and I gave it the best fight I could and, well, nearly.”
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