Re-Watch Sebastian Vettel Taking Out Verstappen At Silverstone

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.”

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“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.

 

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    I have been a Vettel Fan for quite a while and I have been defending him frequently. But in recent years he has shown too much clumsyness….He’s gotta change something!

    • Emery Walker

      Errr, retirement. He said it himself after the Canada incident. I think it was a prophetic admission…………..

  • Zed68

    Vettel got surprised when he lost grip in the front, but this was already a stupid move… and it’s becoming more and more frequent with him.
    I now see Leclerc as the Scuderia’s first driver, not Vettel.

    • Six_Tymes

      this was intentional?

      • Vassilis

        No it wasn’t

  • mailbox5

    F1 is a profession where old age usually hits you when you’re 32.

    • PK

      unless if you’re lewis hamilton.

  • PK

    this is why mercedes is miles ahead of scuderia and hamilton better driver than vettel right now!

  • dj_aris

    To be fair, I seriously doubt that Verstappen would actually manage to brake on time. In his attempt to block Vettel he was completely off line. Maybe Vettel should have waited and let him get off track on his own. While on the subject, Verstappen must learn (the hard way, obviously) that he is not the only one allowed to push other drivers out of track… I believe that we had reached a point where everyone is afraid of him and give way just to avoid a potential collision. I hope this incident makes him less agressive in the future.

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