Vettel 'ran out of tyre life' during tricky afternoon in Spain

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Vettel 'ran out of tyre life' during tricky afternoon in Spain

Sebastian Vettel says a two-stop strategy wasn't good enough to prevent him from running "out of tyre life" during his second stint in Sunday's Spanish GP.

Starting his race from P13 on the soft compound, the Aston Martin driver gained a position at the outset and held it until his early switch to the medium rubber on lap 21.

Vettel battled his way back up to P12 but then fell back once again as he undertook a third stint on the softs that he concluded 13th, two spots behind Aston teammate Lance Stroll.

"In the end I think we finished where the pace is at the moment, so it was a difficult race," lamented the German at the end of the day.

"You always learn but obviously we would have liked to not just learn, but to score points.

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"It was quite a tricky afternoon, and I was running out of tyre life at the end, even though we went for the two-stop strategy," he added.

"I made quite an early second stop and came out behind Kimi, which I think hurt my tyres quite a lot. That is what made it difficult to fight for points.

"With hindsight, it is always easy to say what you would do differently, but it was difficult to fight the cars around me in the closing laps when they had a tyre advantage."

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A week after his teammate received an aero update, Vettel's Aston Martin AMR21 was equipped in Spain with the car's latest package.

"The four-time world champion said the changes helped, but insisted more work was required to make progress.

"We will keep working hard and we know there is a long season still ahead of us," he said. "The new parts we had here helped, and we need to keep taking steps forward each weekend."

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Mazepin took a knee in Barcelona, but not for BLM

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Mazepin took a knee in Barcelona, but not for BLM

Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin explained why for the first time this season he chose to kneel along with several of his colleagues ahead of last Sunday's Spanish GP.

Since last year, at the instigation of Lewis Hamilton, more than half of F1's drivers have followed the ritual of taking a knee during the pre-race grid ceremonial in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mazepin refrained from the observance in the first three races of 2021, but in Barcelona the 22-year-old Russian unexpectedly joined those who routinely kneel on the grid at each race.

However, the Haas driver's gesture was not associated with BLM or an act to protest social injustice.

"I decided to kneel to show respect to those veterans and people who lost their lives 76 years ago in the war," Mazepin said, referring to Victory Day, a holiday in Russia that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

"This holiday is quite important," the young driver told Match TV.

"My family – my grandparents – took part in the war. Yesterday I saw the statistics saying that it is a holiday that is even more important to Russians than New Year."

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On the grid, Mazepin also wore a Russian military symbol, the Ribbon of St George, on his 'WeRaceAsOne' t-shirt.

One could argue that you cannot choose the cause you kneel for, as the gesture is so intertwined with the protest against the unfair treatment of black people.

But Mazepin appears to only follow his own interpretation of acts and events.

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