This past weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone was an extremely spectacular race, with multiple creative and aggressive overtaking maneuvers and quite a bit of drama too.
After a terrific battle between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, the former took on the other Scuderia driver, Sebastian Vettel, in the battle for third place. Unfortunately, the German’s attempt to retake his position was rather unsuccessful.
The incident took place on lap 37 out of turn 15, with Vettel misjudging the situation entirely and plowing directly into the back of the Red Bull driver, which meant an eventual fifth-place finish for Verstappen and an out-of-points finish for the four time F1 champion – Vettel also picked up damage to go with a 10-second grid penalty for causing a collision.
So why did the Ferrari driver crash into the Red Bull? Apparently Vettel thought he had enough room for a split second, as reported by Autosport.
“Obviously I got passed on the way to Stowe and he ran a bit wide, so I was able to get a better exit out of 15. Then from my point of view it looked like he was giving a bit of room on the inside, so I wanted to go for that.”
“But by the time I went that gap closed again and then it was too late. I tried to go back to the right – but it was too late to avoid him and the crash.”
The German driver added that he realized it was his mistake after a few laps from the crash and went to Verstappen after the race to talk things over.
For a lengthier, more in-depth look at the incident, click here.