Verstappen says Vettel has not apologised
Max Verstappen says that Sebastian Vettel has not apologised for the crash at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix which claimed them and Kimi Raikkonen.
Verstappen blames Vettel for the incident after the German moved left to protect his position due to a slow start.
Stewards decided to take no action after a post-race investigation, while Vettel said that he did not know how the crash had happened.
When asked whether Vettel had admitted making a mistake and apologised in the stewards’ room, Verstappen replied, “No. He did say something like, ‘yes, in hindsight things could have been done differently’. But what’s done is done.”
Verstappen was surprised Vettel defended so aggressively, given he was not racing against main title rival Lewis Hamilton.
“Vettel is fighting for the championship, so you don’t need to take so much risk if you know that Hamilton starts fifth,” Verstappen added.
“If this would have been with Hamilton then it would have been a completely different story.
“From his (Vettel’s) side, I don’t understand that something like this happens.”
Speaking before the stewards reached their verdict, Verstappen’s father Jos was adamant his son was blameless in the incident.
“If you look at the images, Raikkonen comes to the right and steers in,” Verstappen Sr told Autosport.
“But if you look at the footage more closely, you can also see that Vettel comes to the left, and Max is in between them.
“He can’t go the left and he can’t go to the right. You can hardly blame Max for any of this.”
Jos also suggested Vettel should have been penalised for triggering the collision.
“He does deserve it; I really think he does,” Verstappen Sr added.
“But they won’t be too quick to do that, because he already got a warning.
“If he gets a penalty now then I think they would also need to suspend him for a race, so this might but be another political game and deemed a racing incident.
“But I don’t think that would be fair.”