There’s some finger pointing going on after the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix and it has nothing to do with the race.
Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll had both just completed the race and were on the cool-down lap when their cars collided. Vettel’s team posted video of the incident (above) on YouTube as a way of showing who was at fault. And if you’re wondering, Vettel blames the rookie Stroll for causing the collision.
“I went on the outside to pick up a bit of rubber,” said Vettel and reports Motorsports.com. “I think Lance wasn’t looking and wanted to do the same. I think he was looking at his [steering] wheel. I gave him enough room. But it was too late, I was there already, and then there was contact. Completely unnecessary. He just didn’t look and decided to pick up some rubber.”
Even though the video is posted by Vettel, it’s not a slam dunk conviction of Stroll. It appears by the track of the car that it might have been Vettel who went into Stroll. From his perspective, Stroll says he didn’t do anything wrong.
“I was just shutting off the car, like to do the in-lap, and he just came around the outside and kept pushing,” said Stroll. “Never happened to me before.”
The fear from the Suzuka team is that they’ll be penalized if the gear box needs to be replaced. FIA stewards investigated and determined that neither driver was “wholly or predominately to blame”. Vettel had finished in 4th place for the race, Stroll 8th.