Sebastian Vettel will have known everything in Austin.
The Aston Martin F1 driver took advantage of the first safety car to lead the race, suffered a disastrous stop that sent him back to the back of the field, and had a high-flying fight with Kevin Magnussen in the dying minutes of the race. the race to claim eighth place on the wire.
The German driver regretted the loss of points caused by this very bad tire change, but he is still satisfied with his fight with the Haas F1 which ended well.
« Of course we lost points, but at least I was able to have fun at the end, » said the four-time world champion.
« I knew it wouldn’t be easy to pass Kevin, I was fair with him and gave him enough space and he did the same, it was very close and we finished this race well. »
« At the end of the day, we limited the breakage well to score points. If not for the bad stop, I think we would have easily got sixth place, but we have to take the positive because the car was competitive. »
« We were fast throughout the race, the start was very good and I quickly found myself fifth. It was nice to lead the race because it had been a while since I had been in this position. »
Magnificent battles on the track, a few laps in the lead of the Grand Prix… Doesn’t Vettel finally regret leaving Formula 1 at the end of the season?
« I wouldn’t say that, but for sure I will miss those moments, all that adrenaline, those kind of places, the limit battles on the track… but I’m also looking forward to the next stage of my life. »