Publicado: Lun, Abril 16, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Sebastian Vettel on Max Verstappen collision: He's not young anymore

Sebastian Vettel on Max Verstappen collision: He's not young anymore

The 20-year-old Dutch driver was handed a post-race time penalty by stewards for his botched attempt to pass the Formula One championship leader.

That allowed him to cut Sebastian Vettel's overall lead from 17 points to nine, with the Ferrari driver finishing only eighth.

That meant Verstappen, who had the advantage of fresher tyres, dropped from fourth to fifth in a race he could have won and that went instead to Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

"I was in no man's land today", said Hamilton. That wasn't ideal, so we're looking into that - I think we were quite sure that we would come out in front, but we didn't - and then after that obviously the timing of the Safety Car was bad for Valtteri and myself because we had no chance to react.

The pair were seen talking things through afterwards.

The Australian, who started sixth after nearly missing qualifying, made the most of fresher tyres to finish 8.8 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

He lost out again on Sunday when he tried to pass Hamilton, who has already spoken of Verstappen's inexperience costing Red Bull precious points. I was calm in the vehicle.

"I don't think I necessarily need to be less aggressive or anything because it has nothing to do with being overly aggressive".

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"It's just very unfortunate those things happening".

"I'm sitting here, reciting everything in my head what just happened".

"A little bit of luck with the safety auto", he said later.

Ferrari dominated Saturday's qualifying at the Shanghai circuit with Vettel leading a front-row lockout for the Maranello-based squad after narrowly beating Raikkonen to pole.

"But I appreciate the fact that he came straight away".

"I had no intention to resist because it was clear with Daniel as well that there was no point doing so".

"I didn't want to compromise my race to the guys behind".

"We had a bit of tailwind the whole race and after 41 laps you know that it's tricky to stop the vehicle there. I guess he misjudged and sort of compromised both of our result".

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