Sebastian Vettel's collision with Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan GP 'intolerable', says Max Mosley
FIA to further examine Vettel-Hamilton clashes on Monday; Former president Mosley says German should have been disqualified in Baku
By Jonathan Green
Last Updated: 29/06/17 4:49pm
Max Mosley has labelled Sebastian Vettel's behaviour in the Azerbaijan GP as "intolerable" and said the German should have been disqualified from last Sunday's race.
Vettel collided twice with title rival Lewis Hamilton behind the Safety Car in Baku, the second time swerving into the then race-leading Mercedes as he gesticulated with the Briton moments after running into the back of him.
Championship leader Vettel was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty and three penalty points on his super licence by race stewards, but the FIA confirmed on Wednesday that they would further examine the incident on Monday, July 3, "in order to evaluate whether further action is necessary".
Former FIA president Mosley believes Vettel's initial punishment was too lenient and that he should have been withdrawn from the race.
"I will certainly not make friends with Ferrari but fact is fact," Mosley told Sky F1's Craig Slater.
"My recommendation would have been to take Vettel out of the race and bring the whole matter to the World Council to negotiate.
"From my point of view, it is intolerable that you behave as Vettel has done.
"If he did that on the road he would lose his licence."
Despite his penalty, Vettel finished fourth, a place ahead of Hamilton, to extended his championship lead to 14 points, after Hamilton was forced into an extra pit stop due to his headrest coming lose after a red-flag period.
Both drivers were furious with each other after Sunday's race, with Vettel accusing Hamilton of "brake-testing" him while the Mercedes' driver branded the four-time world champion's actions as "disgusting" and "disgraceful".
Should the FIA decide that further action is warranted in this case, then the governing body could haul the German before its International Tribunal where penalties can range from fines to race bans if cases are upheld.
Vettel is already walking a disciplinary tightrope in next week's Austrian GP after the three penalty points added to his licence in Baku pushed him up to nine for the last 12-month period, just three away from an automatic one-race suspension.
The FIA's decision to re-examine the incident makes it the second time in less than a year in which Vettel's conduct during a race has prompted an investigation triggered by current president Jean Todt.
The Ferrari driver was reminded of his conduct and how he portrays himself following last October's Mexican GP, when he launched an expletive-laden tirade at race director Charlie Whiting over team radio.
In that instance, Vettel apologised to Whiting, something the FIA took into account when they decided against any formal action, but the German repeatedly insisted he had done nothing wrong after Sunday's Baku incidents with Hamilton.
While Vettel accused Hamilton of "brake-testing" him, stewards have already cleared the Briton of any wrongdoing. An investigation of the Mercedes driver's telemetry data during the race showed Hamilton had neither braked nor lifted off entirely on the exit of the corner.
The analysis also showed that Hamilton had behaved in exactly the same way at the previous Safety Car restart and the one after the coming together between the two rivals.
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