Vettel wants FIA stewards to ‘leave drivers alone’

Date published: June 30 2019

Sebastian Vettel has said the drivers and not the stewards are the best to judge controversial incidents in Formula 1.

After his five-second penalty which took the race win away from Vettel in Canada, team-mate Charles Leclerc was now centre stage in the latest big FIA investigation as they confirmed they would investigate Max Verstappen’s Lap 69 move on the Monaco driver.

Vettel made his feelings very clear when asked about the race-defining clash between Verstappen and Leclerc.

“If it wasn’t fair then it wasn’t fair,” Vettel told Sky Sports F1.

“But I’m not a big fan of passing on these decisions to people somewhere sat in chairs. I think we’re the best to judge in the car.

“It’s racing, we’re not fighting for Kindergarten Cup. We are all adults, some younger, some older, but they should leave us alone.”

Vettel, meanwhile, forced into somewhat of a recovery mission due to a P9 start on the grid, finished just shy of a podium spot at the Red Bull Ring.

And, whilst he had fun in the car, it was a case of ‘almost’ rather than ‘job done’.

He added: “It was an almost weekend – that’s probably the right word.

“Obviously yesterday hurt us with the pace that we had today. Otherwise, we could have had a better race, working better as a team and defending to the cars behind but it wasn’t the case.

“It was fun, there was some wheel to wheel at the start and at the end. I’m not entirely happy as I felt the team deserved to have both cars on the podium, with one on the top.

“This track is more in our favour than other tracks so we need to keep working but I’m quite positive that at some point we’ll have the car to win.”

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