Vettel refuses to accept blame for collision

7 June, 2010

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 30:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing crashes out after colliding with his team mate Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel gets out of the cockpit of his stricken Red Bull after colliding with Mark Webber in Istanbul

Jun.7 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel on Monday refused to accept the blame for his crash with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber during the recent Turkish grand prix.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 30:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing reacts as he crashes out after colliding with his team mate Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on May 30, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Malcolm Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sign language from Sebastian

Despite team bosses no longer pointing their fingers at Australian Webber in the wake of a clear-the-air meeting last Thursday, 22-year-old Vettel said he thinks he was in the right on lap 40.

“You do at the time what you think is right, and in that case you would do it again because you thought it was right,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

“I had already passed Mark and then tried to come slowly back to the right. At that time I was the leading car and then usually the leader dictates where to go. We made contact and that was the end of the race for me,” said Vettel, now fifth in the championship and 15 points behind title leader Webber.

After emerging from his stricken RB6 at Istanbul Park, Vettel wiggled his right index finger around his ear, suggesting he thought Webber had acted crazily.

MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03:  (L-R) Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber meet at the team factory in Milton Keynes after the Turkish Grand Prix on 3 June, 2010 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Red Bull) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel;Mark Webber

Seb and Webbo make peace late last week

But on Monday, he refused to confirm the intent. “I think it was pretty clear at the time. I don’t think it was a crazy sign. I think it’s very common. I think everyone understood,” he said.

Meanwhile Vettel has denied that he is the favoured driver in the Red Bull pen. He said to BBC, “What we have been discussing internally is neither driver is favoured in any way. We go out and try to find out who is the better one, like it should be.”


  • denis james

    He hasn’t grasped it yet has he? He wasn’t in front.He had the nose in front but the rear wheels were just in front of Webbers rears. Which was lucky because Webber came very close to being launched.(as opposed to being subsequently lynched by the Red Bullies!)I really am surprised that Vettel hasn’t looked at the video clips.On the other hand I’ve seen the same head in sand option taken by my kids and grandchildren when the truth might hurt.And he is only a child isn’t he albeit a talented one.

  • Opposite Lock

    And I like how Vettel says, “slowly back to the right.” as if he were taking a sunday drive and he wanted Webber to follow him over to check out some flowers on the right hand side of the circuit…

    Yeah, right. Maybe Piquet Jr was actually driving the RB6 that day, because Vettel doesn’t seem to have a clue what happened.

    No surprises though…If I was a kick ass F1 pilot I wouldn’t admit to fault either!
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  • denis james

    From the BBC site and this puts the blame game to bed:-Blame for the contact itself has already been discussed. Red Bull, having gone through the steering traces in their telemetry, confirm that Vettel moved to the right and across Webber when he was only three quarters of the way past the Australian.

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