Hamilton: Todt Should “Answer Questions” Over Vettel Ruling


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Lewis Hamilton believes that FIA President Jean Todt should answer questions regarding why Sebastian Vettel received no punishment at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver said in Thursday’s FIA press conference that he accepts Vettel’s apology for the incident, where the German made contact with Hamilton behind the safety car in Baku.

Vettel was rewarded a 10 second stop and go penalty for his actions but still finished ahead of Hamilton, thanks to a loose headrest forcing the Brit to make an unplanned pit stop.

The FIA furthered the investigation with Vettel in Paris last Monday but declared no further punishment was needed and the German made an apology to the FIA for his actions.

Hamilton however, still believes that the Scuderia Ferrari driver’s action in the race sets a bad example for the rest of motorsport. He also believed that FIA President Jean Told should have been in attendance at the press conference alongside Vettel instead of Haas F1 Team‘s Kevin Magnussen.

“With all due respect, Jean should be sitting next to us to answer some questions perhaps, because I think they didn’t change anything on the Monday.” said Hamilton at the press conference.

After the race in Azerbaijan, Hamilton said post-race that Vettel had “disgraced” himself. Asked whether he regretted the comments, Lewis said: “I don’t feel I was particularly upset after the race. If I was upset it was for other reasons.”

“I don’t feel I said anything that I particularly wish to take back, but I still have the same opinion of what happened. It is water under the bridge now, we move forwards, we spoke about it, so there is no point saying much more.”

At the press conference yesterday, Vettel showed his regret over the incident, saying he over-reacted when hitting the back of Hamilton before driving next to Hamilton and making contact again.

The Ferrari driver said, “It was the wrong decision, it was the wrong move to drive alongside him and hit his tyre.”

“Am I proud of the moment? No. Can I take it back? No. Do I regret it? Yes.”