Cape Town - After
crashing into him at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Sebastian
Vettel phoned Nico Rosberg to apologise, the Mercedes driver revealed.
Initially, Vettel told reporters that it was a racing incident and
indirectly blamed Max Verstappen. However, after being deemed
predominately his fault by the racing stewards, the Scuderia driver
seemed to have changed his tune during the phone call with his fellow
"Sebastian just called me actually," Rosberg said during his post-race YouTube video.
"He apologised, which is nice. It doesn't get me back the points that I lost, but it's still nice to hear that."
Rosberg actually thought his race was over after being hit in the
rear by his fellow German, but the Championship leader managed to fight
his way back and finish the race in third.
"The start was good - I was just on the outside of Lewis (Hamilton)
and felt a massive hit on the rear which spun me around. For me I was
sure that was it, I was sure the car was broken,” he continued.
"Of course I spin turned it as quickly as possible and got going, and
surprisingly the car was still okay. The thing is, it got a bit damaged
but still more or less okay to drive it. I was really surprised.
"Then of course, full attack - that was all I could do. It was quite
enjoyable at times to fight through the pack like that and pass left,
"Got through all the way and then fighting Kimi (Raikkonen), my move
was a bit for sure very aggressive and I accept to get a penalty for
that, and that's it.
"Thankfully it didn't hurt my result, so P3 - which of course was
good damage limitation today even though I set out to win the race so
not idea, but okay. That's how it is."
Vettel was handed a three-place grid penalty as a result of the
incident ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, while Rosberg
extended his Championship lead after team-mate Hamilton suffered an engine