Vettel reprimanded after incident with Senna
9 June, 2012
Jun.9 (F1 Media) Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel got away with a slap on the wrist from the FIA race stewards in Canada, after he collided with Bruno Senna during free practice session of the GP weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Senna was seen to wave a fist at Vettel after the world champion brushed past him in turn 13 in the morning session. In the incident, the Red Bull Racing driver lightly touched Senna’s Williams, leading to the stewards calling both drivers and their team representatives to explain themselves.
However, despite the investigation, Vettel escaped without major sanction, the Red Bull Racing driver being handed a simple reprimand by stewards, Martin Donnelly, Jose Abed and Gerd Ennser.
Vettel finished the opening session in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and in the afternoon settled for fourth, behind the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and second-placed Fernando Alonso, and Hamilton, who held on to the top spot.
Afterwards, Vettel professed himself happy with his day’s efforts.
“We were thinking to put on our supersoft tyres in the first practice being a bit afraid of the rain coming in the afternoon but it didn’t come. However you never know in advance. So, all in all, a good day, with decent laps and even with a little bit of a different approach in terms of when we put on which tyres, I think we can be fairly happy and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”
Along with the German and Hungarian grands prix, the Canadian event is just one of three he’s raced at but not won. However, the champion insisted that his failure to win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was not preying on his mind.
“There’s no pressure at not having won here, I just hope I can change it on Sunday. It’s a normal race. It’s a great track, with a lot of start and stop, some chicanes, quick changes of direction – it’s good fun.”
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