Alonso, Vettel get into a 'silly' duel

© F1 Pulse, 6 July 2014
© Andrew Hone Photographer/Pirelli

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel diced with each other for several laps at the British Grand Prix on Sunday in an enthralling battle for fifth place but it became a bit comical as they tried to get an upper hand on each other.

Both drivers complained over the radio several times to their respective teams, in hope that the FIA would intervene in their favour, that other was exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage.

"It felt very close with Fernando – maybe a bit too close!" Vettel said. "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.

"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 6, but it was good to get the move at the end."

Vettel eventually triumphed and went on to finish fifth however it cost him a great deal of time to be able to catch those ahead. The German had started second and expected to step on the podium.


Alonso's race was compromised earlier after he was given a five-second penalty, which he served during a pit stop, for being out of position on the grid at the start. It got worse for him when Vettel caught up with the Spaniard as the Ferrari had developed a few issues.

Alonso, who started 16th, even considered retiring from the race as he was being troubled by a stalling rear wing and problems with the battery but managed to bring the car home in sixth.

"I knew that sooner or later he would have overtaken me," said the double world champion. "I think both Red Bulls deserved to finish ahead of us, because they were quicker."

Alonso was nevertheless unimpressed with Vettel's tactics, reporting to his race engineer that the Red Bull driver was using DRS from outside the limits of the track.

"The track limit was just some kind of thing to keep the team busy I think he was complaining about me, I was complaining about him, that was funny from the outside," he said.


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