FIA lets Sebastian Vettel off the hook

FIA lets Sebastian Vettel off the hook

Lewis Hamilton was not at fault for the controversial collision with Sebastian Vettel at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, says Nico Rosberg. Vettel got a 10-second penalty for an incident he initially blamed Hamilton for.

Vettel was punished with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the chaotic race on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital city after he banged wheels with Hamilton during a second safety auto period.

Vettel ran into the rear of the leading Mercedes on the exit of Turn 15 before moving alongside Hamilton to gesticulate, swerving into him and their cars banging wheels. Hamilton said Vettel "disgraced himself".

After admitting full responsibility for his actions in Baku, Sebastian Vettel has escaped further punishment from the FIA.

Vettel has agreed to undertake educational activities at the Formula 2 and Formula 3 European Championship, the Formula 4 Championship and at the FIA Stewards' seminar, which had been a factor in the decision.

"Sebastian Vettel extended his honest apologies to the FIA and the wider motor sport family".

"Scuderia Ferrari confirms its support to FIA's initiatives, sharing the governing's body values and objectives".

The FIA said yesterday's meeting was attended by top officials including race director Charlie Whiting and safety director Laurent Mekies.

The four-times world champion had been warned that he could...

"Due to this incident, President Jean Todt instructed that no road safety activities should be endorsed by Sebastian Vettel until the end of this year".

Vettel went on to finish fourth in Baku, one place ahead of Hamilton whom he now leads by 14 points in an extremely tightly-contested battle for the world championship.

Mr. Todt also made it clear that any repetition of what happened in Azerbaijan will be looked at unfavourably, and would likely be referred to the FIA International Tribunal for further investigation. He was stripped of his position as runner-up and his points although the German was allowed to keep his race wins.

"In light of these developments, FIA President Jean Todt decided that on this occasion the matter should be closed".

"Following the meeting that was held today in Paris between FIA representatives and Scuderia Ferrari driver S.Vettel, with the goal of clarifying positions on the incidents occurred at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari notes the driver's apologies and his personal commitments to help the image of the sport", said Ferrari's statement.