During the 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel drove into the back of Esteban Ocon, spinning the Frenchman’s Alpine. After he got a 10-second penalty post-race, the German admitted, that the contact was probably his mistake.
After getting a 5-place grid penalty earlier today, the German 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel got a second penalty in the race, following a collision with Alpine driver Esteban Ocon. In the end, the Aston Martin driver finished in P15, rounding off a weekend to forget for the German.
On spinning Ocon into turn 1 in a fight for 12th position, Vettel told: “I thought he would stay right and then when he came back left, he was right ahead of me and I locked [up],” said Vettel. “So it was probably my mistake” he concluded. Considering a post-race talk with the Frenchman, the Aston Martin driver revealed, that he “[…] spoke with him straight away and I think we agree so there’s not that much to go through.”
In the eyes of the racing stewards, Vettel was fully to blame for the incident. Next to a 10 second-time penalty, the German driver got two penalty points onto his licence, which gave the Aston Martin driver a total of five penalty points today.
The victim of the collision, Alpine driver Ocon, stayed calm about the accident and explained, that we would have been more upset If the incident took place in point-scoring positions.
“I’ve rewatched the accident just now. He came in and apologised, he got the penalty for it so it’s all OK. If we were fighting for good points at the time, I would have been more upset, clearly.” Considering the occurrence of the accident, the 24-year-old described that he“[…] stayed on [his] line and it looks like basically he [Vettel] comes in my dirty air. So he’s moving to the left, to the normal line, but is losing the grip basically and that’s when he locks up and pushed me in the back.”