user icon

Verstappen: Vettel apologised immediately after the race

  • Published on 14 Jul 2019 17:22
  • comments 13
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen says that Sebastian Vettel offered his apologies to him straight away after the race regarding their lap 37 contact.

Vettel hit Verstappen on the rear heading into the penultimate corner, which sent them both into the gravel trap, but not out of the race.

"I spoke to him, he apologised immediately after he got out of the car, so that's it. You can't change your line," Verstappen said.

Vettel was forced to pit for a new front wing and was handed a 10-second time penalty along with two penalty points for causing the collision. 

"I thought the inside was going to open up, it looked like he was pulling back to the middle of the track," Vettel said of the crash. "But it stayed closed, we crashed and it was my mistake."

Verstappen enjoyed tight battle with Leclerc

Verstappen also enjoyed his fierce battle with the other Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, as the two young stars fought prior to the crash for the final spot on the podium.

The two fought wheel to wheel for a number of laps before they were split up by the safety car that came out following a spin for Antonio Giovinazzi. 

"They were really good, I think he was a little bit sore from Austria so he was defending really hard," Verstappen said. "But it's fine, I'm all for that. Of course, I didn't want to take much risk in those battles to damage the car because I knew we were quite a bit faster. 

"I needed to pick my moment but luckily the team did it for me with a good strategy and then it was looking good for a good result."

Replies (13)

Login to reply
  • what a strange situation this is. anyone think he could be gone at the end of the year?

    • + 0
    • Jul 14 2019 - 17:50
    • It's possible, but whom would they replace him with, and where'd he go to? I hear whispers of RBH talking to him, yet I wonder if he'd really be allowed in by Max, whom I'm pretty sure have decent say in what team mate he can accept just like Vettel and Hammy have in their respective teams. And whom would they replace him with? Hammy'd be mad to go to another team when he is all cozy in the best team on the grid.

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 18:10
    • Verstappen will take any team-mate they throw at him and eat him (or her) raw .... unlike some of the other top-team's current #1 drivers ;-)

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 19:10
    • He'd likely be very competitive against them, but I doubt he'd be willing to have a team mate like Vettel. He is a diva much like Hammy and Vettel, he'll make sure he is the current #1.

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 19:31
  • 30 laps fighting with Leclerc, no worries. 1 time with Vettel and it goes wrong. Vettel can’t stand the pressure any more and makers more and more misstakes.

    • + 0
    • Jul 14 2019 - 17:59
  • siggy74

    Posts: 100

    Here comes Alonso ;p

    • + 0
    • Jul 14 2019 - 18:28
    • JuJuHound

      Posts: 195

      The rumour says Alonso made a call to RBR but Honda refused this deal to happen. Don t burn the bridges 😊

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 19:01
    • The only team that will take Alonso back I think, is Renault.

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 19:12
    • I've heard the Alo->RB rumour, but I don't think it's likely. RB prefer their own drivers, Alonso just ain't their style, and Alo and Max would go along about as well as tazers and downstairs bits. Alo to Renault would be more likely, but Renault has already referred to this as unlikely, and they seem pleased with their lineup. That'd be unless Ricciardo moves back to Red Bull or something.

      • + 0
      • Jul 14 2019 - 19:33
  • Kind of poetic justice for LeClerc and with Max. What goes around comes around and I'm guessing there will be more coming around for him with his current tally. It was a great race until those last laps where everyone just seemed to go into autopilot mode. Vettel probably has a performance clause which would allow him to get out like he did with Red Bull but where else would he go?

    • + 2
    • Jul 14 2019 - 21:23
  • f1ski

    Posts: 539

    I think vettel is done. Time when watching the inferential over and over vettel seemed to have lost where he was on the track like he was at the end of a long straight.verstappen made a small mistake on the editor the prior letting vettel make some gains. I believe vettel is done. What I don’t get is you are in last year a lot why not park the car save the engine. Le clerc to mb and Bottas to Ferrari. I would not as a topdriver go to Ferrari
    They can’t develop the car they make strategic errors. The Honda engine looks mighty good right now.

    • + 0
    • Jul 14 2019 - 23:10
    • JuJuHound

      Posts: 195

      I think he is frustrated with the poor Ferrari pace this year. His success came quick and quite easy (4 titles) so it's hard for him to go with so many 2nd place finished seasons. The last three races were very poor for Seb.

      • + 0
      • Jul 15 2019 - 13:40

Related news

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

AE Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Local time 

View more photos

Test calendar

Yas Marina Circuit - Tyre testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Country Netherlands
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (22)
  • Place of b. Hasselt, Netherlands
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
-
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
-
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar