Sebastian Vettel felt disappointed not to have finished on the podium in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix despite charging from 18th on the grid to cross the line in fifth place.
Vettel was unable to make it out of Q1 on Saturday due to a lack of engine power and was then handed a grid penalty for passing Roberto Merhi under a red flag during FP3.
Starting 18th, the German driver made a good start to pass Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso on the super-soft tire, but became stuck behind Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa in their battle for 11th place.
Ferrari opted to pit Vettel to prevent him from losing any more time behind this battle, allowing him to find some clean air on the prime tire. Although he had to switch to a two-stop strategy, it worked in the German’s favor as he rose to fifth place by the end of the race.
Speaking to NBCSN after the checkered flag, Vettel admitted that although he was pleased with his aggressive charge through the field, he felt a podium finish was within Ferrari’s reach.
In fact, this raced marked the first race of the season that Ferrari did not finish on the podium, with Valtteri Bottas claiming Williams’ maiden top three finish of 2015.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.