“I think that reviewing all the data, eventually by leaving Seb outside on track we may have left at least the one-stop strategy open to him as well, which we didn’t. It’s not a matter of ‘sacrificing’ or not.
“He always says that maximising the team’s points is the first priority. I think we tried to achieve that and not were trying to compromise anyone.”
Binotto also admitted there was nothing more the team could have extracted from the weekend, putting Vettel's 12th place result down solely to his first lap spin.
Vettel disagrees and said: "I had a good start but then I am not quite sure.
"I wanted to stay out of trouble in turn one, making sure that I get a good run into the next section of corners and then I'm not sure. It felt at the time as if I got a hit but I guess the hit might have come from the kerb.
"Being in the pack, I lost the car which was a surprise, it caught me out and obviously, we lost a lot of places. From there though, I still feel we could have done a better recovery."
I can understand some people's sympathy for Vettel over his below standard performance this season, but accusing Ferrari of sacrificing Vettel for whatever gain simply shows ignorance and bias. Why would Ferrari need to sacrifice Vettel? What good would Ferrari gain from not getting more constructors points? And Vettel, unfortunately, instead of reflecting on his own errors and poor performance, continues to blame the team strategy and whatever else; a bit pathetic, isn't it?
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