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Vettel's post-race collision could be very costly

The German had driven a brilliant race, but the crash could further hamper his title tilt.

3y ago

Sebastian Vettel drove a superb race at Sepang to climb from the back of the grid to P4. After yesterday's qualifying disaster it was a masterclass of damage limitation.

But Ferrari's luck ran out after the chequered flag. Bizarrely, Vettel collided with the Williams of Lance Stroll, severely damaging his car and potentially forcing a gearbox change for the next race.

The incident happened on the slowing down lap when both drivers were picking up rubber. Vettel was driving around the outside of Stroll, who seemed to drift into the Ferrari.

As is customary in F1, each man has since blamed the other.

Despite the relatively low speed, the damage was huge. Vettel's left rear was ripped off and he was forced to stop on the track.

It might seem meaningless – after all, the race was over – but Vettel may be forced to change his gearbox for next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix. That would mean a grid penalty, which could further hamper Seb's fading title challenge.

Vettel might even face punishment for hitching a lift back on the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein, an F1 tradition that the stewards are not especially fond of.

It was a strange conclusion to a weekend that Seb and Ferrari had the pace to dominate.

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Comments (35)

  • This has been the closest Sauber has gotten to getting a good driver all season.

      3 years ago
  • Am guessing, Vet is loosing his mental stability, as the races are not going in his favor!!! he deliberately bumps in to hams car some races ago n that he was not able to get enough points to close the gap.between him n ham, he is getting all frustrated. I don't know why Jim Weeks (author of this article) states that stroll drifed into Vettel!!!! It's clear as day that Vet cut in too sharp at the corner when he had acres of space on his right side. This collision was entirely his fault. Was he aware that the race was over or did he suddenly start thinking that the race is still on n if he get up ahead, he would get points which would leap frog him over Ham 😝 Vette is going cuckoo!!!

      3 years ago
    • He thought "I need to change this gearbox without anyone noticing..."...

        3 years ago
    • I’m not a fan of Vettel, but he was driving around the corner, the inside kerb doesn’t get any closer and it is Stroll who drifts wide in the corner and hits Vettel.

      Maybe not as clear as day as you put it, but Vettel hasn’t been this erratic...

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        3 years ago
  • Vettel didn't collide with the Williams, Stroll collided with the Ferrari.

      3 years ago
  • If I ran into as many people as he does, I'd lose my license..

      3 years ago
  • Vettel did come over but stroll drifted a car width or more mid-corner and drivers always pass slower cars on the warm down, we see it nearly, if not every race.

      3 years ago