The Bottas -Vettel incident has been a large talking point post the Hungarian GP, as it was a race altering incident, one that allowed Ferrari to have both cars on the podium.
Vettel had overtaken Bottas on Turn 1 after having tried a swift manoeuvre on Turn 1 as well.
Bottas then tried to regain his lead and braked a little too late, causing contact with Vettel and damaging his own front wing.
As result of that collision even Raikkonen was able to get past Bottas, leaving him out of the podium places.
And now, with a damaged wing, Bottas was trying to hold onto that 4th position and ended up having a collision with Ricciardo too. He later finished the race in 5th position, a disastrous end to a bright weekend for the Finn.
When Toto Wolff was asked about the incident, he came up with a rather surprising answer, saying that it was ‘business as usual’.
“We saw something like that earlier this season with Kimi & Lewis at Silverstone and with Sebastian & Valtteri at Paul Ricard. Now it was the other way round. Business as usual.” Wolff said.
Wolff on the Vettel/Bottas incident: “We saw something like that earlier this season with Kimi & Lewis at Silverstone and with Sebastian & Valtteri at Paul Ricard. Now it was the other way round. Business as usual.”
— Tobi Grüner 🏁 (@tgruener) July 29, 2018
Now, the ‘business as usual’ statement has left the fans and the F1 fraternity quite confused.
Is Wolff suggesting that it was actually Vettel’s fault, as he tried to take the inside line?
Or is he suggesting that such incidents are quite usual on the race track and shouldn’t be read into too much.
Bottas did not get a penalty for this incident, whereas Vettel and Raikkonen had received penalties during their respective incidents with the Mercedes car in the previous few races.