Vettel expected to finish on the podium
6 July 2014 – Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel rued his strategy after believing that a podium finish was possible during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Vettel, who started from the front row of the grid, slipped to fifth at the start and stopped twice during the race, whereas Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo executed a one-stop strategy on his way to third.
Vettel finished in fifth place following a scrap with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and he admitted that the radio messages exchanged during their battle 'got silly'.
"It felt very close with Fernando – maybe a bit too close! It got a bit silly when we both started to complain about the other going off track; I don't think the people care too much if the car is a little bit to the left or the right," he said.
"I got the message that I should respect the limits and that he was complaining, so I was doing the same thing. I'm not sure who won the list keeping. I think twice it was maybe a bit too harsh into Turn six, but it was good to get the move at the end. I expected to get third today, the pace was there but the strategy wasn't right."
Alonso went on to finish in sixth place after having to preserve the F14 T during the closing stages.
"When Sebastian came up behind me I was saving fuel and battery power and had a problem with the rear wing so I knew that sooner or later he would have overtaken me," he said.
"I think both Red Bulls deserved to finish ahead of us, because they were quicker."