Vettel willing to ‘sort it out’ with Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel will have a private talk at some point with Lewis Hamilton about the pair’s clash in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Vettel  lost it behind Hamilton on the exit of Turn 16 when the four-time world champion believed he was brake-tested by the Mercedes driver as they prepared for a Safety Car restart.

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Vettel pulled up alongside his rival and rammed the side of his car, a move which warranted a 10-second stop-and-go penalty by the stewards.

“I don’t think that was his intention [to damage Vettel’s front wing] because he’s also risking damage to his car, and his race is over.

“Now is not the right time to talk. I’ll do that just with him and clear it and move on. Maybe I’m not clever enough but I’m not complicated.

“I’m willing to sort it out with him, I don’t think there’s much to sort out.” 

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In addition to the race 10-second penalty, Vettel was also handed three penalty points on his licence, bringing his 12-month tally to 9, or just three points short of an effective race ban.

The German shrugged off the punishment however. 

“We’re here to race. We’re grown ups and people expect us to race and use our elbows, that’s what people want.

“Here and there you might get a bit close but people want real overtaking not just us driving past.

“I enjoyed the race but I don’t think it’s the right thing that I got a penalty and he didn’t.”

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