FIA ‘happy’ with Vettel’s Safety Car restart

2018-05-03 17:03
Sebastian Vettel (Getty)

Cape Town - The FIA have declared themselves “happy” with Sebastian Vettel’s restart after the first Safety Car period in Baku.

Lewis Hamilton accused his rival of being “dangerous” after faking when he was going to restart the race again.

But the FIA will not be looking any further into the incident after reviewing the footage.

“I think he [Vettel] controlled it very well but it’s up to the leading driver to say when we go,” FIA race director Charlie Whiting said.

“Unlike some other series, they have an acceleration zone, a place where you can accelerate. 

“You can’t do it before or after that. Once it goes green, the Safety Car comes into the pits, it’s up to the leader to decide when he is going to go.

“This is a tricky place, they catch the Safety Car too early if they go too quickly. I think Seb controlled it well. 

“There was a bit of a complaint from Lewis that he wasn’t going at a constant rate, but if you look down the field, there’s a few places where that happens. 

“To expect them to go at one speed doesn’t happen. So long as no one does anything dangerous, we’re happy.”

Hamilton is still planning to bring up Vettel’s restart at the next drivers’ briefing ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.

Read more on:    sebastian vettel  |  f1


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Hypothetically, given the same cars to drive, who is the most talented current Formula One driver in your opinion?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.