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"We are losing on the straights but I don't want to sound sore about it".
'I should have done better but it wasn't the biggest mistake I have done.
The majority of the Ferrari-powered cars received their last engine and turbo upgrades around the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix but all six benefitted from a new MGU-K and energy store in Hockenheim.
Pushed on whether the team was Ferrari, he replied: "You can make whatever assumption you want".
But, at the team's home race, Mercedes called off the fight: "Valtteri, this is James (Vowles - chief strategist)".
"I don't remember, actually I have ever had a race like this".
With 15 laps to go, Vettel looked to be strolling towards his first win at Hockenheim, stretching his lead in the overall standings after victory in Silverstone two weeks ago. "This was up there with them".
At the midway point of the Formula One season - the 11th race out of 21 - Vettel holds only an eight-point lead over rival Lewis Hamilton in an intriguing title contest.
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The rain eventually intensified a few laps later but most of the leaders stayed out on dry tyres as they battled what was expected to be a brief shower.
The Ferrari driver lost control of his vehicle in the slippery stadium section towards the end of the lap, and slid across the gravel and into the tyre barriers.
It was also a 150th podium for Mercedes since returning to F1 in 2010. "It was a very positive weekend, it was just one of those moments, my mistake".
"The issue was that we seem to have damaged a bit on the vehicle jumping over the kerb and that caused a hydraulic leak, but the auto is just coming back so we need to check whether that was really the case", Wolff told Sky.
Vettel, though, was the driver to encounter the major drama as he slid wide into the banked Sachs Kurve on lap 52, skated across the gravel, and hit the barriers.
Vettel, victor of four races this season and eight points clear of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the standings, agreed it was all about the money.
"Yesterday, we saw how bad it can be and in 24 hours, it can all turn around".
Hamilton was told to come into the pits, but ignored his mechanic screaming "In, in, in in!" at him. Other countries are prepared to fund the grand prix and I think that's where the main problem is. "It's great for Mercedes to win at Hockenheim".
That error came just over a lap before Vettel went straight on at Sachskurve at relatively low speed, but the home favorite was unable to turn the auto before the front wing was buried in the barrier and he couldn't rejoin.
Verstappen was fourth, having run a relatively lonely race, while Renault's Nico Hulkenberg took fifth, with Haas' Romain Grosjean sixth.