Kimi Raikkonen sets sights on Sepang podium for Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen has set his sights on fighting for a podium finish in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Time was the problem, by calling both in at the same time they handed the lead to Vettel, the safety car came out seconds after they both left the pit box while Vettel was already ahead out of First sector.
Safety Car deployment means all the cars have to travel in a slow speed, Vettel have the advantage over both McLarens and could travel slowly back to the pits without losing much time. He returns to the pit take his new tyres and goes back out taking the 2nd place from Hamilton and just behind Button.
If McLaren have not call Hamilton in the box on the same lap as Button, Hamilton would be leading the race when Safety Car came out and could easily goes to pits just like Vettel did and would come out ahead of Vettel maintaining his advantage that he has before the safety car.
Just to be clear the difference between Vettel and Hamilton before pitting was about 1.5secs while the difference between Hamilton and Button was about 10 secs. Vettel gains 11 secs on that very lap when he pits and came out behind Button considering the mandatory gap between cars behind Safety Car. If we assume that Vettel was cutting the gap between himself and Hamilton 0.2 secs every lap then why would any one thought that Vettel was lucky with the safety car because he still could take the lead over Hamilton without the safety car intervention.
Vettel would be considered lucky if he takes lead over Button because of safety car which does not happens and so saying Vettel was lucky with the safety car is not a valid argument.