Sebastian Vettel said that he was “very disappointed” to spin while battling with Fernando Alonso during the opening laps of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The German started the race in eighth, but fell right down the field after spinning under acceleration and was later forced to retire his car due to overheating.
Vettel has enjoyed a strong weekend up until that point, making it through to Q3 before gaining places during Sprint Qualifying on Saturday.
However, his weekend ended in a DNF and an opportunity for a strong points finish lost.
“The weekend was looking promising and, without all the problems, I should have finished well inside the points,” he said.
“I am very disappointed to lose the car in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Fernando. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I misjudged it, lost grip, and spun. After that, I was right at the back. In the end we did not finish the race because the team retired the car with a cooling issue.”
His teammate Lance Stroll meanwhile had an excellent race, climbing from 14th on the grid to finish eighth, picking up four points in the process.
“I am really happy with my race because we were able to turn around a tricky start to the weekend by finishing in P8 and scoring four points,” he added.
“We have been working to find the right car balance and we had a breakthrough today, which is a great credit to the team and all the effort everyone has put in. The key to the race was making two strong starts either side of the red flag, where we gained several places each time.
“The strategies were quite similar for the whole grid, making overtaking more tricky, but those starts set us up for a good race. The new format has been a challenge for everyone this weekend, but I think there are positives and we can learn how to maximise the other events with Sprints.”