Vettel fourth as Ferrari struggle again


Red Bull's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands leads Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the ...
Red Bull's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands leads Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, United States (AFP Photo/Mark Thompson)

Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel said fourth was the best he could do for Ferrari in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.

On another disappointing day for the Italian team, who are without a win this year, his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish, forced into retirement after a pit-stop blunder that saw him pull up with a loose wheel and then roll backwards into the pit lane.

“We had some issues,” said Raikkonen, who was clearly livid after the incident which wrecked his race.

“The tyre was not on tight 100 per cent. I don’t know why. It was attached somehow, but not properly.”

Raikkonen said he felt as if he had left the pits with a wheel-gun still attached to a wheel.

“It was one of those weekends for us – and it is a pity because the car was pretty good. But I knew something was going on because I saw a lot of sparks and I had to slow down.”

Vettel said: “I think we were better today than on Saturday and we were matching Red bull for most of the race. It was a decent day, but a shame that we could not both finish. I think P4 was my maximum for today.”

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