Vettel explains F1 Live demo crash

Daniel Herrero

Friday 31st August, 2018 - 12:06pm


Vettel’s crash in Milan

Sebastian Vettel has explained that his unfamiliarity with Kimi Raikkonen’s steering wheel led to his crash in the F1 Live event in Milan.

Vettel damaged the front wing on the Ferrari he was driving after running into a plastic barrier in the Italian Grand Prix lead-up event.

The German was in fact using Raikkonen’s car, despite it featuring his own #5 plate, and was caught out by the Finn’s different clutch configuration on the steering wheel.

“I apologised,” said Vettel.

“I went with the car and the steering wheel of Kimi, who had the clutch on the other side.

“I didn’t think about it, and at that point I was too fast. I asked if it would be possible to change the wing to do two more laps for the fans.

“Obviously it was my mistake, but that’s OK.”

Vettel trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 17 points as the 2018 Formula 1 season continues tonight with Free Practice 1 at Monza from 1900 AEST. has been established to provide a daily motorsport news service to the industry and fans in Australia and internationally.

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