Sirotkin rues call not to pit during Safety Car | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Sergey Sirotkin says it was his decision not to pit during the Safety Car period in the British Grand Prix.

What they say

The second Safety Car period allowed Sirotkin to get back on the lead lap but without a fresh set of tyres he dropped back from the rear of the field.

The reason why it was my call not to [pit was] because in this case you kind of automatically give up the position.

And of course when you are a racing driver on a track like here it’s really difficult to overtake anybody in the train, you hardly can do anything. It’s kind of automatically giving up position.

I was really hoping that maybe it would [be] a bit quicker to bring back the tyres to kind of survival and that the pace after in this work-able window [would] be quick. But it was more like [what I] expected than what I could hope.

We had the discussion, it was my call not to do it. Looking backwards now for sure I would [have pitted]. At least I would be in the same position but it [would have meant] I could be right behind the field, trying to do something. But it’s easy to say looking back.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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