After starting 11th in wet conditions, the four-time world champion was the first driver to switch to slick tyres, but Vettel spun and struggled as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a record third successive home win.

"Overall it was not our day," said the German. "Just not quick enough. As simple as that." Vettel's disappointing result saw him fall from third to fifth in the drivers' championship.

"I think the call to come in was right," said Vettel. "But then obviously I lost a lot of time when I spun.

"So, all the advantage was lost and from then it was quite difficult to pass and move ahead."

Vettel was also given a five-second time penalty for a misjudged passing move on Felipe Massa of Williams that saw him force the Brazilian off the track.

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