Vettel escapes further punishment

Sebastian Vettel will not face further punishment for his collision with Lewis Hamilton in last month’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The FIA decided not to take any further action against the German after he apologised for his behaviour during a meeting at the FIA headquarters in Paris.

The meeting was attended by FIA president Jean Todt and other senior members of the sport’s governing body with Ferrari team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene, accompanying Vettel as they reviewed the clash between the German and Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, who is 30-years-old today, admitted full responsibility for the controversial incident with a statement from the FIA saying: “Sebastian Vettel extended his sincere apologies to the FIA and the wider motor sport family. He additionally committed to devote personal time over the next 12 months to educational activities across a variety of FIA championships and events.”

However, while the Ferrari driver escaped further punishment, he has been warned that “should there be any repetition of such behaviour, the matter would immediately be referred to the FIA International Tribunal for further investigation.”

The decision not to penalise Vettel any further means the four-time world champion keeps his 14-point lead at the top of the driver’s championship heading into this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

You can read the full statement from the FIA here: FIA Official Statement

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