The Azerbaijan Grand Prix crash caused much controversy in the world of Formula 1. Despite this, Lewis Hamilton has accepted Sebastian Vettel’s apology.
Although many believed that Vettel comfortably escaped the sanction, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it is now time to put the controversy to bed and forget it says AFP.
According to Mercedes AMG F1, at a tense FIA Press Conference on Thursday, Hamilton insisted that he put this incident behind him. He added that his sole focus is on the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. He found it however necessary that Vettel withdrew the claims he made and that the incident was clarified.
"Sebastian and I, we spoke after the race on Monday and shortly after that he messaged me, I think the day after. I still have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard for the rest of the season in the same way I always have. No less hard than we have been already up until now," Hamilton said.
He added that the most important thing for him is that Vettel acknowledged that he did not brake test him and apologised for it. Rectifying the situation was important to him as people sent him messages saying that he was "out of order".
"In the data it obviously showed that was not the case. He accelerated. I think the goal was to try and be as close as possible to me but that was an error in judgement. There was no need for me to do something like that. I was in the lead. I accepted his apology and moved forwards," Hamilton concluded.
This weekend’s race will be crucial for Vettel. He will face a possible one-race ban for reaching 12 penalty points inside a 12-month period if he starts any trouble. He currently sits with nine points on his licence.