Sebastian Vettel has defended Ferrari’s decision to run a one-stop strategy in last Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix as the fallout after his tire failure continues.
On the penultimate lap of the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Vettel suffered a blowout on his right-rear tire whilst running in third position.
The German driver had been attempting to get to the end of the race on just one pit stop. His set of medium tires was 27 laps old by the time of his failure.
In the aftermath of the race, Vettel launched into an irate tirade against Pirelli, claiming that it was at fault for his tire failure and first finish outside of the top ten in 2015.
“Things like that are not allowed to happen, full stop,” Vettel told BBC Sport.
“If it happens 200 meters earlier, I’m not standing here now. I’m stuck at Eau Rouge. So I don’t know what else needs to happen.
“I’ll tell you what’s upsetting. One thing is the result – we deserved to finish on the podium. But if this happens earlier… it’s unacceptable.”
Pirelli responded by revealing that it had warned against running the prime tire for more than 50% of a race distance two years ago, and claimed that Vettel’s failure was due to excessive tire wear and running on the medium compound.
Vettel has now issued his own rebuttal, affirming his support for Ferrari’s decision to try and get him to the end of the race on just one pit stop.
“Just to make things clear: the team and I decided our strategy for the race together,” Vettel wrote on his website.
“I support the team and the team supports me. And this is what makes us a team.
“Our strategy was never risky, at any point. The team is not to blame.”