Sebastian Vettel admitted it was his fault for ruining any chance of undercutting Max Verstappen during the German Grand Prix after he questioned a pit-stop order from Ferrari.
Vettel, who placed fifth at the Hockenheimring, was ordered by the Scuderia to pit in the hopes of undercutting the Red Bull driver and get the edge on him.
However, the quadruple World Champion, refused at first and said that his tyres were still good.
The German eventually pitted but was too late as the Dutchman already completed his pit-stop and wasn’t relevant in his race anymore.
On the incident, Vettel claimed that it is quite normal to chat back and forth between driver and team during a race but added that in that instance he was at fault.
“It is normal to be talking quite a lot during the race,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sports.
“It was a long discussion for many, many laps. We decided to stay out and it is my fault, I gave away the opportunity and I need to see if I can do better.
“We are not where we want to be and clearly there are a lot of things we need to do better. I’m trying to do what I can.
“The race pace was not bad, but not good enough. We struggled a bit with the balance, and I was sliding about a bit too much.”
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