Vettel ‘lucky there was no wall’ after late mistake

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Sebastian Vettel admitted he was fortunate to avoid retirement after going off the track late in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver ran wide at the first corner during his final stint and had to cut across the tarmac run-off on the inside of turn two to keep going.

“I was a little bit too late into the first corner, lost the rear on the way in,” Vettel explained. “I could have stayed on the track but I wasn’t sure.”

“It was quite tight, obviously you have the right-hander following immediately and I didn’t want to risk a spin so I decided to cut and make sure. I lost four or five seconds in that corner compared to normal, so I think it was fine.”

“It just seemed to be the safer option to avoid the spin and carry on that way. I was just a little bit too fast. That’s what happens. Fortunately there was no wall so I was lucky.”

Vettel did touch a wall at turn four earlier the race, but was able to continue without damage. He later admitted he hadn’t realized he’d hit it:

“I was pushing very hard, especially at the beginning of the race – I had a moment when I hit the wall, but I didn’t feel it, I was trying to get away from the field, as you don’t know what will happen towards the end.

“It turned out that we could control things in the later stages, but you don’t know that, so I was just trying to push all the time and stay in the rhythm.”