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Vettel glad Italian GP had no fans after Ferrari debacle

Having struggled for tempo in qualifying, Vettel and Charles Leclerc did not make it to the chequered after each have been pressured out in spectacular incidents.

Vettel suffered a brake failure on the first chicane and smashed by the polystyrene blocks within the escape highway, whereas Leclerc had an off at Parabolica and crashed closely – bringing out a crimson flag.

Reflecting on one other bruising encounter for the Maranello staff, Vettel mentioned that it was in all probability a blessing in disguise that the loyal tifosi weren’t there to witness what occurred.

“I think this year is very different and I think probably in that regard it is good that there are no fans,” he mentioned.

“Life is like this. It always depends where you are looking, and I think even if, at the moment professionally, there are not many good things, there are always some positives. So it is just a question of what you focus on.

“Certainly it was powerful for all of us as a result of our primary focus is on the automotive and the race, particularly racing at Monza. But we now have to maintain our head up and look ahead to subsequent week and to take a look at the positives, even when there are only a few.”

Vettel mentioned he was glad that his brakes failed on the entry to the primary chicane, as a result of there was a prolonged run-off space that allowed him to decelerate with out an excessive amount of hazard.

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“It [brake failure] is definitely the worst factor, however not less than it occurred in in all probability one of the best spot. So if it occurs elsewhere it isn’t so good.

“I completely lost the pressure on the pedal and went straight. On the laps before we ran into trouble, we managed the brakes but it was quite bad.

“We want to grasp why and thankfully it occurred in Turn One the place there may be a variety of run-off, however I’ve by no means had a brake failure like that.”

Teammate Leclerc also endured a nightmare day, as an error on the lap after a safety car resulted in an off at Parabolica that brought out the red flag.

“I simply misplaced the automotive,” he said. “It is my fault and it was a really tough race to be trustworthy as I struggled quite a bit on the primary set [of tyres].

“Then I thought we were unlucky with the safety car but, with the pitlane closed, we were actually pretty lucky. Then with the hard tyres I struggled massively. I tried to push but I lost it at Parabolica and I crashed.”

The influence was sufficient to require Leclerc to go to the medical centre, the place he was given the all-clear.

He is hopeful that he will probably be unaffected for subsequent weekend’s race in Mugello.

“I feel quite okay. A bit of pain here and there, but it should be fine. It is normal as the crash was quite big, but I am feeling okay.”

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