Verstappen experienced enough not to crash - Vettel

Sunday, 15 april 2018, 04:33 , by Matthew Scott

Sebastian Vettel says Max Verstappen "has had enough races" to know how to avoid the contact which wrecked both drivers' Chinese Grand Prix. Verstappen clipped Vettel attempting an overtake into the hairpin at Shanghai, sending both cars into a spin and prompting a penalty for the Red Bull driver.

Verstappen's overtaking was a controversial topic of the Bahrain Grand Prix and more ambitious moves might have cost him the race win in Shanghai.

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo made good use of fresh tyres to storm through the pack for victory, but Verstappen had run ahead of the Australian until he was nudged off-track trying to go around the outside of Lewis Hamilton.

A potential podium was then wiped out by his crash with Vettel, which completely ruined the championship leader's race as he finished eighth.

After contact with Hamilton ended his race in Sakhir, Verstappen's inexperience was pointed out by the world champion, but Vettel is not buying that excuse.

"He's not [a young driver] anymore," Vettel told Sky Sports. "He's had enough races but this can happen when you've had 300 races - the judgments are very difficult.

"But you have to have these things in mind and make sure you don't crash.

"He could have taken his front wing off or I could have had a puncture and it could have been game over. We were both lucky."

Vettel said he had no intention of closing the door on Verstappen, who suffered a slight lock-up of the rear wheels and admitted fault over the incident later.

"I didn't see him until very late. I left a little bit of room as well," he said.

"I was expecting him to come earlier. I had no intention to resist because it was clear with Daniel as well that there was no point doing so – they were just too quick on the fresh tyres.

"I didn't want to compromise my race to the guys behind. But he made a mistake, locked up – it happens with a tailwind down that straight – I guess he misjudged and compromised both our races."

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Comments (17)

  • Alan Cat Nicholson
    I remember when people said that about Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton is still like it. I think older drivers don't like it when they get passed by younger drivers. And it like Max and Seb were getting on quiet well after the race.
  • Martin Hossell
    He is becoming like Maldonado He has the potential to become a multiple world champion but won’t if he continues to drive recklessly. He needs to learn to calm down and figure out when he can/can’t overtake
  • Ikpegbu Ifeanyi
    You're wrong Sebastian. The guy has experience only in crashing and taking other cars out, not in racing. He will keep getting better at 'kamikaze' moves. He's as reckless as it'll ever get
  • Jamie Paget
    He should know better by now. Just an idiot who thinks he is some kind of young master. Just too stupid to be in F1.
  • Valerie Crouch
    Well that's not what SEB said on my tv! I was actually surprised how gracious he was in his comments expecting fireworks !
  • Kakha Khmelidze
    But everyone is making similar error so why to blame him so hard? I thing this is done only by little jealous people
  • Roy Betambeau
    Does not learn from his mistakes he has the makings of a great driver but still rash decisions
  • Christine Muise
    He needs to grow up, learn patience and respect the sport, until then..he has no future in Formula one!!
  • Shahrulilahi Erolf
    This guys need to learn from his partner..riciardo
  • Todd Morrison
    He will still be making the same mistakes in 5 years
  • Alan Cat Nicholson
    Media bullshit and Ferrari fans sour grapes, simple as that.
  • Roman Vehar
    Big problem - Vettel. Max nothing wrong in China.
  • Callum Seagrave
    What's wrong with a bit of shoving it spices up the race lol!
  • Arturo Duran
    EMPIEZA A MANEJAR COMO EL VENEZOLANO
  • Mauro Moro
    Verstappen sei un coglione...!! ??
  • Cindy Leija
    Seb who pinch his teammate at the start

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