Hamilton chal­lenges Vet­tel to set­tle their ar­gu­ment ‘out of the car’

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORT -

Fu­ri­ous Lewis Hamilton branded Se­bastien Vet­tel a “dis­grace” and chal­lenged him to set­tle their ar­gu­ment “out of the car” as the For­mula One ti­tle race turned ugly in Baku.

The Brit was left rag­ing after Vet­tel drove into the back of him un­der the safety car. The German driver then pulled along­side the Mercedes racer and bumped him, ac­cus­ing Hamilton of brak­ing er­rat­i­cally.

Vet­tel has later hit with a 10-sec­ond stop-go penalty.

“I didn’t brake check him at Hamilton said.

“For him to pretty much get away with driv­ing into an­other driver, is a dis­grace. I think he dis­graced him­self to­day.

“If he wants to prove he is a man we should do it out of the car, we should face to face.

“Imag­ine all the young kids watch­ing to­day, see­ing that kind of be­hav­ior from a world cham­pion.

“I think it’s just not driver conduct. all,” It’s dan­ger­ous driv­ing and to get a 10-sec­ond penalty for that... I don’t need to say any­thing else.”

Vet­tel protested his in­no­cence and added: “Noth­ing hap­pened, did it? He brake checked me as well, so what do you ex­pect?

I’m sure he didn’t do it on purpose but for sure it was not the right move. If I’m strug­gling, peo­ple at the back strug­gling even more, so I don’t think it was nec­es­sary.

“I got da­m­age, he risked da­m­age. He’s done some­thing sim­i­lar in China at the restart a cou­ple of years ago so it’s not the way to do it, I think.

“I passed him be­cause he pit­ted it. After the in­ci­dent, we were side by side, I raised my hand and told him, well I didn’t say any­thing, but showed him that I wasn’t happy with that.”

The in­ci­dent dom­i­nated a race which saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo with 18-year-old Lance Stroll in third.

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