Vet­tel snubs Mercedes ‘stunt’

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SEPANG — Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel on Thurs­day turned down an of­fer from ri­val Mercedes to visit their garage at the Malaysian Grand Prix, dis­miss­ing it as a PR stunt.

Mercedes driver Nico Ros­berg made the of­fer af­ter the pair clashed dur­ing the win­ners’ press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the sea­son’s first race in Australia.

But Vet­tel said the ini­tia­tive was a thinly veiled public re­la­tions ex­er­cise.

“Now they use it as a PR thing... so the an­swer is ‘ no’,” he told re­porters at Malaysia’s Sepang cir­cuit.

“I think I’m pretty busy here, so I’m bet­ter off stay­ing here,” Vet­tel added.

Ros­berg’s of­fer came af­ter a tasty ex­change in Mel­bourne, in which Vet­tel mocked his fel­low Ger­man’s in­sis­tence that run­away Mercedes would wel­come greater com­pe­ti­tion.

“So, you hope you slow down, is that what you’re say­ing?” Vet­tel shot back at the time.

On Thurs­day, he in­sisted he was bet­ter off spend­ing time in Fer­rari’s garage rather than pos­ing for the cam­eras with Ros­berg and Lewis Hamil­ton. — AFP

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