Sebastian Vettel reflected on his performance at the Dutch GP, admitting that the tricky nature of the track made it “hard to recover” from his starting position of 17th on the grid.
After his lap was ruined by both Haas drivers in Q1, Vettel was knocked out in a shock qualifying result, but managed to recover to 13th by the checkered flag in Sunday’s race.
“It was one of those days which shows that if you start further back it is really hard to recover, especially on a track where overtaking is so tricky. I had to take a lot of risks when overtaking, but if you qualify out of position it is difficult to come back,” Vettel admitted.
“When I did have some clean air, in the final part of the race, the pace was very competitive and I found a good rhythm.
“I tried to pass people. It is not easy and I took a lot of risks, but obviously, the spin, or the half-spin, didn’t pay off! I think we had decent pace but we were just stuck and couldn’t really go anywhere.”
His teammate Lance Stroll, who also had a poor qualifying result on Saturday, expressed similar views, calling Zandvoort a “Saturday kind of track”. He also added that overtaking was almost impossible without a significant tire delta.
“It’s much more of a Saturday kind of track, overtaking’s almost impossible unless you have a big tire delta, so not easy,” Stroll commented.
“We can see from the race just how important qualifying is and unfortunately we were compromised yesterday, so we had it all to do today,” said Stroll. “I could only really follow George [Russell] for the majority of the race in a train of cars.
“For now, we will reset and focus on Monza.”