The Aston Martin driver was the primary one to gamble for dry tyres within the difficult circumstances on the Istanbul Park, opting to tackle recent mediums after 36 laps, with the monitor nonetheless moist in a number of locations.
The technique, which Vettel mentioned was a staff resolution however one he made the ultimate name on, destroyed his race and combat for factors as he slipped off monitor at Flip 4 and Flip 7 throughout his first lap on the medium tyres, earlier than opting to pit instantly the place he then suffered a half-spin at pit entry.
Having switched to new intermediate tyres, Vettel completed a lowly 18th place solely forward of the 2 Haas drivers.
Vettel defined the reasoning behind his name for dry tyres however knew as quickly as he misplaced temperature the plan had failed.
“Collectively [we made the dry tyre call] however ultimately I made the choice, I wished to attempt to go for it,” Vettel mentioned after the race.
“On the inters there was nothing left, so I assumed the dry tyres may very well be pretty much as good however I could not break them in and simply had no grip and misplaced a lot time as I could not make them work.
“It was worse than I anticipated, even when it was damp somewhat bit right here and there, or moist. However the principle factor was I could not break the tyre in after which you’re simply sliding on the highest.
“It’s a no-brainer [call] now however at the moment I do not know. I used to be tempted some laps earlier than and the inters weren’t getting any higher. When you take a look at the inter tyres there may be nothing left on them, they appear like a slick, so I feel I had cause however clearly it was the fallacious resolution.”
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Regardless of the Turkish GP circuit being handled since final 12 months’s race, present process a water blasting process which offered far more grip this weekend, Vettel nonetheless felt the monitor circumstances have been “unusual” through the race because it didn’t dry sufficiently regardless of the pre-race rain relenting.
“The monitor is nice enjoyable nevertheless it was a bit unusual as we speak, just like final 12 months with the intermediates and staying out so lengthy,” Vettel mentioned, having completed on the rostrum in final 12 months’s Turkish GP.
“In some unspecified time in the future I assumed it was prepared for dry tyres so I took the chance nevertheless it did not work.
“Final 12 months I used to be pondering 15 laps to go that I wished to strive the slick tyres when the monitor was somewhat bit worse so I assumed it was price a go nevertheless it proved to be fallacious.”