Vettel takes blame for causing front wing damage

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Sebastian Vettel has confirmed to NBCSN that it was his own error that caused the damage to his front wing during the Bahrain Grand Prix and ultimately cost him a podium finish on Sunday.

The German driver had been fighting for second place with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg after making his final pit stop, but ran wide at the final corner, allowing his compatriot past.

By running over the kerbs at high-speed, Vettel also sustained some damage to his front wing, forcing him to make a third pit stop.

He emerged back on track in fifth place, and crossed the line in the same position after failing to pass Valtteri Bottas in the final stages of the race.

Speaking to NBCSN, Vettel confirmed that he was to blame for causing the damage, but was pleased to see teammate Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium.

“No, I think the running wide, so it’s my mistake,” Vettel said when asked how the damage occurred.

“I tried obviously to get a good exit but went in a little bit too deep. Defending my position against Nico today was not my strength.

“Both times he managed to get past after we jumped him at the stop, so no entirely happy, but yeah, it just didn’t come together today, but overall a very positive weekend for us as a team.

“Kimi drove a very good race, it’s good to see him on the podium.”

Vettel was unhappy with his performance in Bahrain, believing that he made too many mistakes throughout the race.

“Not a very good race form my side to be honest,” he said. “Too many mistakes and I think we spent too much time in traffic. I wasn’t able to do the pace that I should have done today.”

The result marks Vettel’s first finish off the podium in 2015, and sees him fall to third place in the drivers’ championship behind Rosberg.