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Sebastian Vettel explains second practice spin in Austria

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SPIELBERG, Austria -- Sebastian Vettel said brake distribution was shifted too far rearwards when he spun in the closing stages of the second practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Vettel locked his rear tyres under braking for Turn 2, spinning through 360 degrees and ending up in the gravel. The mistake saw his session come to an early end, but he said no major damage was done.

"Yeah, we had an issue with the brake distribution," he said. "It caught me by surprise, but it didn't matter too much and fortunately nothing happened. I lost a couple of minutes [of the session], so it didn't make a big difference."

Asked if he thought Ferrari could win this weekend, Vettel added: "Always. I think every race is an opportunity. It was a decent day, but I'm not entirely clear where we are because we didn't get much running, in the afternoon in particular, but overall it should be okay."

During first practice Max Verstappen labelled the big kerbs on the exits of Turn 5 and Turn 8 as "dangerous" after he broke his front wing and his right front suspension on them. But Vettel said the simple solution was to avoid them.

"Maybe they need to build stronger front wings! Then they would stop complaining. I don't know, I haven't been on them and I haven't experienced how harsh they are."