Sebastian Vettel swept all before him to win his eighth race in a row but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Red Bull driver.
Concern about the rate his tires were wearing led Red Bull to bring him into the pits earlier than several of his rivals for his sole pit stop of the race.
“The last couple of laps on the softs I was struggling because I running into traffic and the tires were falling off,” Vettel explained, “so we were actually the first to come in this time, despite the big gap.”
“But then the hards seem to last very, very well in the end. We had very strong pace.”
Vettel had a lead of almost ten seconds after his first pit stop so he could afford to take it easy in the closing stages.
“I think I went a little bit wide once or twice into turn 12 under braking but other than that, I obviously tried as well to keep it on the line,” he said. “It is a little bit easier if you have a ten second gap to the car behind to not necessarily use all the curbs here and there, to manage the tires a little bit better.”
Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.
This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.
Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.
IMS President J. Douglas Boles
“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.
“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”