Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Four-times Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel found himself in the unfamiliar position of playing rear gunner to young Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The German, who started second alongside Leclerc, struggled from the outset to extract the race-leading speed the 21-year-old, who went on to win ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, was pulling out of his Ferrari.
Hoping to end a victory drought stretching to last year’s Belgian race, any chances Vettel had vanished after Mercedes tricked Ferrari into pitting him early.
“For the team, yes, I’m happy,” said Vettel, who finished fourth after making a second pitstop in the closing stages of the race.
“For myself I’m not happy.