• Hungarian Grand Prix

Vettel disappointed with third

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Sebastian Vettel lost time behind Jenson Button and damaged his front wing © Getty Images
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Third place did not meet Sebastian Vettel's expectations at the Hungarian Grand Prix as he was beaten to victory by Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel was in second place for a large part of the race but dropped to third when Raikkonen managed to stay out on a two stop strategy. Vettel challenged Raikkonen for position in the final few laps but could not find a way past. He said getting stuck behind Jenson Button and damaging his front wing against the McLaren after his first pit stop was crucial to the outcome.

"It was not the best race," Vettel admitted. "It was difficult [early on] but I was able to defend second. Lewis pulled in [for his pit stop], we thought we had a little bit more on the soft, but the rear tyres appeared to fall apart pretty quickly.

"I lost a bit and came out behind Jenson, which was crucial, and as I tried to get past I damaged my front wing which didn't help. After that I managed to get past, but it took a long time and I lost a bit of speed.

"It was very close with Kimi at the end, but he was very quick in the last two corners and I couldn't get him on the straight. I did all I could but surely we wanted a little bit more today."

Vettel complained about Raikkonen over his radio when an overtaking move at Turn 4 did not come off three laps from the end, but after the race he changed his tune.

"Obviously in the heat of the moment it was quite tight going into there," he said. "I tried to prepare for the next corner but lost the car. That's racing."

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