Losing time behind Button “crucial” for Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel has explained how he lost the chance to challenge Lewis Hamilton for victory today at the Hungarian Grand Prix after getting stuck behind Jenson Button following his first pit stop.

Vettel pitted on lap 11 for fresh tires in an attempt to catch Hamilton, but he instead came out of the pits behind Button which allowed Hamilton to pull away. Instead of quickly passing Button, Vettel lost twelve laps behind the McLaren driver and he believes that this was “crucial” in determining the result of the race.

“It was not the best race,” Vettel said on the podium after the race. “The start was difficult and when Lewis pulled in we thought we could do it on the softs. I lost a bit and came out behind Jenson which was crucial. I damaged my front wing which did not help.”

In the final stint of the race, Vettel came close to passing Kimi Raikkonen for 2nd place but he could not find a way past.

“I tried to hang on in there and tried to fight back with Kimi. I could not get him on the straight. We wanted a little bit more today.”

Despite failing to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for the first time, Vettel has extended his lead in the drivers’ championship to 38 points, putting him in a strong position heading into the summer break.

‘No desire’ for Lewis Hamilton to race in Indianapolis 500

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Lewis Hamilton has ruled out a future appearance in the Indianapolis 500, saying he has “no real plans” to do any serious racing once his time in Formula 1 is over.

Former teammate and current McLaren driver Fernando Alonso took part in the 101st running of the Indy 500 in May, qualifying fifth and running high up the order before retiring late on with an engine issue.

The F1-to-IndyCar crossover proved to be one of the biggest motorsport stories of the year, and has stirred the imagination of other drivers to make a similar step into other events in the future, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is known to be on Alonso’s radar as well as that of Haas racer Romain Grosjean.

Three-time F1 world champion Hamilton admired 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s victory ring when on the podium at the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month, trying it on and joking it may spur him to enter the race to try and win the jewelry.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Hamilton stressed he made the comment in jest, saying he holds not interest in entering the ‘500.

“Honestly it hasn’t inspired me to do the Indy 500,” Hamilton said.

“I’ve always respected it and appreciated it. I got to watch part of it when Fernando did it which I thought was super exciting. I love the idea of drivers being able to do more than one series.

“Just the other day I got to drive an F1 car on an oval circuit which was interesting. I have a huge amount of respect for those drivers as it is quite scary approaching those banks at the speeds that they do.

“I personally don’t have a desire to drive it. Maybe one day I will go out and have some fun.

“I have a lot of opportunities to do those kinds of things, but no real plans to do anything serious.”

Hamilton has previously said he would like to try a NASCAR race for fun one day, but has made clear his plan after his F1 career is over is to distance himself from racing in order to pursue other interests.