SOME­THING LOOSE BE­TWEEN MY LEGS: VETTEL IN RA­DIO SHOCK

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htsportsmax - Agence France­Presse sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Se­bas­tian Vettel made light of his dis­ap­point­ment at miss­ing out on beat­ing Lewis Hamil­ton to a fifth world ti­tle on Fri­day with an un­ex­pected mes­sage on Fer­rari team ra­dio.

The four-time cham­pion spoke dur­ing sec­ond prac­tice for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix where ri­vals Mercedes topped the times, Valt­teri Bot­tas beat­ing Hamil­ton by 0.003 sec­onds.

Vettel was third fastest in the ses­sion, com­plain­ing of what was orig­i­nally thought to be prob­lems with his car’s front sus­pen­sion. He supplied ad­di­tional im­promptu de­tail when he told the team: “There’s some­thing loose be­tween my legs.

“Apart from the ob­vi­ous. Some­thing is fly­ing around my feet. I’d be proud if it was what you think it is, but it’s not.”

The mis­chievous Vettel later joked dur­ing an in­ter­view that the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit was be­witched and had a spell cast on it. He de­clined to elab­o­rate on his com­ments later.

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BOT­TAS TOPS PRAC­TICE

Mercedes re­turned to the top of the timesheets in prac­tice for a Brazil­ian GP that looks set to de­liver them a fifth suc­ces­sive For­mula One con­struc­tors’ world cham­pi­onship.

Fin­land’s Valt­teri Bot­tas, who has yet to win in a sea­son dom­i­nated by team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton, set the fastest time of one minute 08.846 sec­onds on an over­cast day at In­ter­la­gos. Hamil­ton, who clinched his fifth ti­tle in Mex­ico last month with two races to spare and now has five stars on his hel­met, was a mere 0.003 slower in a ses­sion briefly halted af­ter Re­nault’s Nico Hulken­berg crashed heav­ily.

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