Todt is thinking about citing Vettel before the court!
Posted on June 28, 2017
Sebastian Vettel could face further sanctions from the FIA over his antics during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver saw red on the streets of Baku when he drove into Lewis Hamilton in retaliation for what he perceived to be a brake-check by his title rival.
Vettel was hit with a ten-second stop-go penalty but still finished the grand prix in fourth place, one position ahead of Hamilton.
The incident made headlines around the world, both for Vettel’s actions and for what some believed to be an extremely lenient penalty.
Coming just eight months after the Ferrari driver was warned over his conduct following his sweary rant at F1 race director Charlie Whiting in the 2016 Mexican GP, Sunday’s antics have caught the attention of FIA president Jean Todt.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, Todt is “thinking about citing Vettel before the court” and will make a decision later this week.
There is some precedent regarding punishment for deliberate crashes with Michael Schumacher stripped of his points in 1997 for crashing into Jacques Villeneuve.
And it was, at least according to Hamilton, a deliberate hit from Vettel.
“There’s no reason to pull up alongside the leader at that point,” he said.
“It couldn’t be clearer [what he did] – it’s as clear as blue skies.
“We’re the World Champions, we’re the best drivers in the world…. maybe if you [a journalist] are going down the road in your road car and you put your hand out the window and do this, you might swerve to the right… but we don’t do that.
“We’ve been racing for years, we just don’t do that.”
Revealed: The new Aston Martin Vantage!
Posted on November 28, 2017
Aston Martin is finally ready to be competitive again. Aston Martin cars have always been creations of beauty, but when you stacked the numbers against the competition, they never really came out ahead. The naturally aspirated V8 and V12 engines that the company used sounded glorious, but they were sluggish compared to the competition. Likewise, Aston Martin interiors always had a luxurious vibe, but were years behind in terms of technology. Luckily, Aston Martin finally recognized its shortcomings with the new DB11, and has just brought out its second new model in the AMG era, the Vantage. [...more]
Bottas wraps up the 2017 season with a win in Abu Dhabi!
Posted on November 26, 2017
Valtteri Bottas wrapped up the 2017 season with a race win in Abu Dhabi as he beat Lewis Hamilton, however, it wasn’t enough to secure him second place in the championship as Sebastian Vettel was P3 on the day. Valtteri Bottas, needing the win to stand any chance of claiming second in the championship ahead of the Ferrari driver, did all he could to achieve that on Sunday. As the sun began to set over the Yas Marina circuit, the Mercedes driver made a solid start from pole position while Lewis Hamilton came across to cover Sebastian Vettel – the top three on the grid, the top three in the running. [...more]
Hamilton quickest in FP2 Abu Dhabi!
Posted on November 24, 2017
Lewis Hamilton responded to Sebastian Vettel's early pace in FP1 by setting a new track record in Abu Dhabi to finish top of the pile in FP2. Hamilton set a 1:37.877 on the ultrasoft tyres, one tenth quicker than Vettel and three tenths faster than Daniel Ricciardo who rounded off the top three. [...more]
Aston Martin to take on Ferraris 812 Superfast next year!
Posted on November 5, 2017
Aston Martin's boss says the new Vanquish will be "bloody good." It better be if it's competing against the 812 Superfast. Just this week, Aston Martin made a final farewell to the current-generation Vanquish. The stunning S Ultimate Coupe and Volante, limited to just 175 examples, is likely to be the last model to be powered by a 595-horsepower naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12. It is of course paving the way for the all-new flagship model, which company boss Andy Palmer has confirmed to Autocar will be revealed and go on sale next year to compete with the Ferrari 812 Superfast. [...more]
Hamilton takes fourth world title to become Britains most successful F1 driver!
Posted on October 29, 2017
Lewis Hamilton was left with a surreal feeling after winning a fourth World Championship with a P9 finish in a chaotic race in Mexico. Hamilton, who started P3 on the grid, knew that a fifth-place finish higher would have been good enough to clinch the title regardless of what pole-sitter Vettel did. [...more]