Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen were involved in an ugly crash during the Chinese Grand Prix, ending podium chances for both drivers.
Verstappen received a 10 second penalty for the same as he was trying to find a gap that didn’t really exist.
The Red Bull driver apologised to Vettel for the move and accepted his fault right after the race.
Vettel, though dissapointed with the end result, was happy that Verstappen came up to him right after the race and apologised about the entire incident.
“He came up straight after. He realised that he did a mistake,” said Vettel.
“I said to him ‘look, the races are long and you threw your podium away’. He was lucky to continue, I was lucky to continue, but it was not necessary.
“I think he got it. He was quite composed and realised that he messed up.
“People were asking if it was a question of age, but it’s not. He’s done so many races.
“We had a bit of tailwind the whole race and after 41 laps you know that it’s tricky to stop the car there. But it happens.
“I appreciate the fact that he came to me straight away. I told him that was the way to solve it, face to face and not through the media or blowing something up.” he added.
Vettel then went onto explain how Verstappen managed to crash into him on that hair pin turn.
“It was clear that the Red Bulls were faster,” said Vettel.
“The way Daniel approached from behind there was no point to resist much and the same with Max.
“I think he had a bad exit onto the big straight, otherwise I was just ready to let him go. He wasn’t there, so then you stay in front.
“I gave a bit of room just in case he had a tiny lock-up and then obviously he had a big lock-up… That’s when we crashed.” he concluded .