Vettel apologised to Verstappen for collision

Silverstone, UK

British Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel made a point of going straight to Max Verstappen after the race to apologise for their on track clash.

The F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone proved to be a calamitous one for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Having started from P6 after a lacklustre qualifying, his race looked to have been somewhat saved by a fortuitously timed Safety Car on Lap 20. This allowed Vettel to make a pitstop without losing much time compared to the likes of Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly.

Re-emerging from the stop in P3, Vettel was hunted down by the chasing Verstappen after the race resumed and was passed into Stowe Corner around the outside.

Vettel then attempted to use his extra momentum to swing alongside the Red Bull into the Club complex but misjudged his braking and collided with the rear of the Red Bull. Both flew off into the gravel backwards. Verstappen was able to nurse his car home in P5 with no power steering and a broken seat.

Vettel was investigated by the stewards and given a time penalty of ten seconds, adding to the misery of him falling down to P17 and last after pitting for a new front wing. He was also given two penalty points for the collision.

“Regarding the incident with Max, it was my mistake and I spoke to him afterwards and apologized.” Vettel explained.

“I had thought a gap would open up on the inside but it didn’t and it looked for a second as if he was pulling into the middle but he stayed left, but by that time it was already too late, I was too close and I couldn’t avoid the crash. Ferrari and Red Bull have been very closely matched in the last few races and I think it would have been difficult to fight Max off anyway.”

“Apart from that, our race pace was really good, and the initial laps went well and I benefited from the Safety Car to get ahead of three cars. I don’t think we could have won today, but I’m not happy that I didn’t even score any points.”

Vettel’s non score means that he is now 100 points from the lead of the Driver’s Championship at the halfway point of the season.

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