Vettel: ‘It should have been handled better’
We have the first statement from Vettel about the crash with Schumacher. “I still have to look at it. Of course it’s a shame that we touched that and that we both didn’t score any points,” he says.
“We should have arranged it better,” Vettel said. “I have to look at it again.” He has yet to speak to Schumacher. “I was checking where he was all the time,” he reveals.
Unfortunately only in this series of photos. He also failed to score any points in his 26th Formula 1 race today. In doing so, he tied with Ricardo Rosset. Hopefully we can remove it from this stat soon!
Photo gallery: Top 10: Formula 1 drivers with the most starts without points
Alonso apologizes to Gasly
The Spaniard has just apologized to Gasly for the accident. By the way, it already appears that Alonso is no longer threatened with further punishment. He can keep the P9 with it. And this will be the end of all investigations, if we do not lose sight of anything.
Schumacher: “It’s a shame for both of us”
The other German also forgives after the breakup and explains to Sky: “Of course it’s always easy to talk about afterwards. If I saw it that way, I could have stayed behind or tried to drive more seriously.”
And he declares, “In the end, that’s a shame, a shame for both of us. I’ll definitely talk to him about it.”
Leclerc: Medium was the problem
“It was a very difficult race,” Monegas explains, “We had some problems on the medium tyres, especially in the first period, and we were overtaken.”
On the steel frame I was “too competitive”. Ultimately, Red Bull simply had a better pace today. “But it was fun,” Leclerc said.
The Ferrari driver continues to lead the world championship. He is now only 19 points ahead of Verstappen.
Football helmets on the podium
When you think you’ve seen it all in Formula 1… I’ll leave that without comment.
Let’s continue: Alonso receives a warning for crossing the track limits. However, we’re not sure if that means providing an advantage or if he still faces a penalty for doing so.
We’ll keep an eye on that, it’s all a little confusing now…
Sanctions against Magnussen and Ricardo
Magnussen was awarded a five-second penalty for the trip number. But this did not matter at all to him, because he stopped Hase one lap before the end. At least the decisions are coming quickly today.
Ricciardo was also penalized for gaining an advantage off the track. Five seconds too. He’s back in P13, but won’t score in 11th anyway.
The decision is already in place: “No more action” is the name of the scene between Schumacher and Vettel. Surprisingly, there was not even a hearing. But since they both didn’t score anyway, it doesn’t really matter…
There is still a problem
Not just for Schumacher Vettel’s spectacle. Magnussen and Stroll also touched down again and it looks like Alonso gained an advantage by leaving the track. Of course we monitor everything.
It was hectic again at the end! But nothing happened up front, Verstappen won ahead of Leclerc, Sainz and Perez. Here in the tape we’ll work through everything again in peace. Before the overview:
Schumacher and Vettel crash!
This can’t be true… Both were going to get points – and then they crashed! Plus, the race hosts are looking at him again. But the penalty kick wouldn’t matter now, with points it wouldn’t be a thing for both.
Verstappen rushed in front of the safety car, now Leclerc is pressing again. It’s in the DRS window, the thing is not checked here! Bottas misses in the back and has to let the Mercedes drivers pass. Russell beats Hamilton on more modern tyres.
No penalty for Magnussen or Stroll by the way.
There was a quarrel between Magnussen and Stroll, the race hosts were looking on. Still not overtaking in front of maneuvers. But now DRS released. This might be a chance for Perez, for example!
Verstappen wins reboot
continued! Verstappen remains on top after the safety car ends. But of course the field is now very close to each other everywhere. Let’s see what happens here!
That was to be expected: Alonso gets a five-second penalty. Meanwhile, Perez used the safety car to stop for free. He has new modes now and is behind the Ferraris on the old solid tyres.
Other drivers also gamble and stop again. This is throwing the sphere back quite a bit. It’s going to be a hot finale!
What I had to say out loud… Norris and Gasly crash, VSC come first, now the real safety car. This is the opportunity Russell has been waiting for. Meanwhile, Alonso is threatened with trouble, as there was contact with Gasly beforehand.