There's already an ongoing thread for exploring Vettel's ontrack mistakes and what can be done about them but I thought it was worth focusing on one particular aspect of this incident from yesterday:
Vettel's defence/ explanation is thus:
"When I spun I was looking the other way, I saw there was quite a bit of a gap," Vettel said.
"Obviously then you don't start counting. I knew there would be cars coming, but originally I thought I would be much quicker rejoining. That took obviously a lot longer.
"Coming back I knew that there will be a gap, but I struggled a little bit to get out, I think I was stuck on the grass. I lost a bit of momentum there, it took a bit longer.
"So certainly not ideal, but I couldn't see anything to the left.
"It is compromised because we have the high cockpit, but I don't think it's an option to drop that."
In all honesty, I'm not really convinced but thought it was reasonable/ interesting to consider this point of view.