Sebastian Vettel said the first corner crash at the Singapore Grand Prix which eliminated him and three other drivers was “part of racing”.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to discuss,” said Vettel. “With things like this happening, what can you do?”
“If we have a major problem with the car or I have done a major mistake then it’s a different story. If there’s something you need to change, you need to react quickly to make sure it doesn’t happen again, then it might be a different story.”
“Looking at it now obviously that’s been one race where we didn’t finish. It certainly didn’t help that Lewis [Hamilton] scored a lot of points but that’s the way it goes.”
The Ferrari said there wasn’t much to be learned from dwelling on the circumstances of the crash.
“I think it would have been more difficult if I had lost the car somewhere in the race,” said Vettel. “Then it’s obviously different.”
Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen all faced the stewards after the race, who ruled the crash was a racing incident.
“with a collision at the start like that, we after the race had to face the stewards, what can you do? The lights went off, we did our start, everyone was trying to do his start and then look at the way it happened, it ended up pretty bad for all three of us and that was it.”
“I think it’s part of racing,” Vettel added. It’s also not the first time I’m in a situation like this, probably it will not be the last time.”
“These things happen, not much you can do and therefore not much point to try and look at them again and again. I think your time and your energy is more well spent looking forward.”
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Hamilton queried the FIA over Vettel’s steering wheel in Malaysia
- Vettel: Stroll changed direction without looking
- Ferrari ‘not fully confident’ of fix for fault which stopped both cars in Malaysia
- New video from Stroll’s car reveals Vettel crash view the stewards didn’t see
- 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix team radio transcript