Vettel: Maybe the racing was a bit too hard
25 August 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has said the racing "sometimes" was "maybe a bit too hard" in the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Vettel, who started third, was involved in an exciting battle for fifth over the last few laps with Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
The German eventually got by Magnussen for P5 going into the final tour, with the latter later demoted to 12th when the stewards handed him a 20 second penalty after it was deemed he had forced Alonso off the track on the Kemmel straight on the penultimate lap.
"The end of the race was good, I was in a rush to get through because the laps were going down and obviously Alonso and Magnussen didn't have fresh tyres, so Jenson and me caught them fairly quickly," Vettel recalled.
"In the end it was good not to lose a position compared to when we decided to pit, which was probably a little bit late, but in the end we maintained the position. The battle was fairly interesting.
"It was a bit all over the place with people pushing each other off on the track, but we race hard, although sometimes maybe a bit too hard!"