Aston Martin “dumped” sixth place in the championship with a one-stop-shop strategy

Four-time retired Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel says his Aston Martin team “blowed away” a chance to take sixth place in the constructors’ championship with its choice of strategy in the final race.

Vettel completed his last grand prix by taking the final point in tenth place, but had run higher in the early phase of the race. His Aston Martin team opted for a one-stop strategy that dropped him from fourth to 19th at one stage and left him struggling to catch up with his rivals in the second half of the race.

Aston Martin finished level in points with Alfa Romeo on 55, but lost out on sixth place in the constructors’ championship on countdown to their previous results.

Vettel admitted the team had chosen “absolutely the wrong strategy” in keeping him out for so long on his first stint when asked about his tactics after the race by RaceFans.

“[I was] going backwards,” Vettel said. “I was really trying, but I gave it my all.

“It would have been great for the team to get the constructors’ championship for sixth place, but we scrapped it with the strategy we chose.”

After Fernando Alonso admitted to calming down during an early battle, Vettel said he realized his longtime rival was not pushing him as hard as he could.

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“I could feel that a bit with Fernando, he was very, very generous at the start of the race,” Vettel said.

“After that, the Alfa Romeos fought very, very hard because they wanted to defend the manufacturers. So it was a shame that I got stuck behind Esteban. [Ocon] at first, because I felt that I had a better grade[radation]but then we stayed out too long and lost a lot of time.”

With Vettel’s Formula 1 career now over, he admits he looks forward to spending more time with his family and pursuing his other interests outside of racing.

“I think it will affect me at some point when I go to bed tonight or tomorrow morning,” he said.

“It has been very special for me to have that kind of farewell and enjoy that. I’ve had a great time all these years and been able to enjoy success, winning championships, so from a sporting standpoint it’s been huge. But also capable of growing and maturing in many ways and reflecting on many things.”

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