Sebastian Vettel has expressed his remorse over the conflict with Components 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton through the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two weeks in the past, however believes it’s time to transfer on from the incident following the FIA’s investigation.
Vettel was penalised for harmful driving in Baku when he hit Hamilton behind the protection automotive, earlier than coming underneath hearth for the conflict as some referred to as for a stronger penalty to be utilized.
Vettel prevented additional sanction when the FIA’s examination was accomplished on Monday, the German making a full apology to each Hamilton and in public.
Dealing with the media for the primary time for the reason that conflict on Thursday forward of the Austrian Grand Prix, Vettel expressed his remorse over the incident, however felt he didn’t want to totally clarify his standpoint within the conflict following the FIA’s choice.
“I do not suppose that is needed, is it?” Vettel mentioned when requested for his perspective. “I feel we have seen it many occasions, I’ve seen it. Clearly I had a really completely different view contained in the automotive than I did with a niche outdoors the automotive.
“I had the possibility to rapidly speak to Lewis after the race however I do not wish to pump this up greater than it’s already. I feel it’s my proper, our proper, to maintain this between us. However I feel I’ve mentioned every little thing I must say.
“It was the incorrect transfer to drive alongside him and hit his tyres. That is what you are all right here to listen to about however there’s not way more to speak about. On the time I used to be stunned, it felt like Lewis hit the brakes and I could not cease operating into the again of his automotive.
“However as I mentioned within the assertion and afterwards I do not suppose there was any intention and that he truly brake-tested me. That is why I used to be upset and overreacted.
“Am I happy with second? No. Can I take it again? No. Do I remorse it? Sure. So I do not suppose we have to drag it out any additional.”
The conflict involving Vettel was the second main incident the Ferrari driver has been concerned in over the previous eight months that has required the FIA to intervene, following his expletive-laden outburst over the radio in Mexico on the finish of final yr.
When requested if he felt he obtained off calmly with solely an in-race cease/go penalty, Vettel mentioned that he felt the impression sufficient after lacking out on a race win that might have allowed him to increase his championship lead.
“I obtained a penalty and doubtlessly the race would have been handed to me with the fault or drawback on his automotive,” Vettel mentioned.
“You may imagine me once I say I wasn’t completely happy in any respect after the race as I completed fourth once I may have gained the race. I need not let you know how a lot factors distinction that’s. I mentioned I by no means had the intention so damage him, it wasn’t like I used to be attempting to punch him.
“I overreacted however the intention was to not damage him or injury his automotive because it was at low speeds. Trying again it was the incorrect factor to do and it was harmful, plus it was pointless because it did not win me something.”