The Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel feels like the incident with Fernando Alonso at turn 10 could not have been avoided.
Michael Masi, the FIA race director, has disallowed the slowing of cars at turns 9 and 10. In the Austrian GP qualifying, however, Alpine’s driver Alonso had his lap spoiled by Vettel, who was too slow in the final turn. Vettel believes Alonso has been a victim to an incident forced by the bunching up of cars at the pit lane entry.
The Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was the driver ahead of Vettel during the final run and was asked whether he was a factor in the incident. Vettel responded: “Sergio and myself, we dropped back between 8 and 9 and everybody was just passing us. So I don’t think Sergio was in the way. I think I was just the last one. And the first one that Fernando was meeting.”
“As soon as I looked in the mirror, because it’s not a good, nice place to meet some traffic and I saw him coming and, half a second later, just after I saw him and sped up, I got the radio call.”
“So I tried to avoid him and basically canceled my lap. So, in order to give him room, the maximum I could at that point, I sacrificed my own lap. We didn’t make it so, not much I could do.”
Vettel also described the incident as he saw it: “I don’t think so, I think we agreed that we slow down between [turns] 8 and 9 which is what I did, everybody passes me and jumps the queue. And then they all slow down between [turns] 9 and 10 where we agreed not to slow down. So now you know the rest of the story.”
“You ask Michael [Masi] about it. I did what we were supposed to do.”
“I think we’ll see what happens. As I said, from my side, I didn’t do anything wrong. I was the last one in the queue. But I think the others should not jump the queue in the place where we agreed to slow down to then slow down after that. So I don’t know if they were not listening.”