“Wasn’t the Right Way to Do It”– Sebastian Vettel Revisits Infamous Baku Incident With Lewis Hamilton

Published 12/18/2020, 5:06 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after winning the race and the world championship REUTERS/Clive Mason


Sebastian Vettel concluded his Ferrari career with a lower midfield finish without any points in the 2020 Abu Dhabi GP. It was not the best way to sign off on a stint that lasted 6 years, but Vettel has certainly enjoyed a host of good and bad memories with the team.

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Among all of his controversial incidents, the one with Lewis Hamilton in Baku 2017 sticks out. The Azerbaijan GP that year was by no means memorable for the 33-year-old, and he later even issued an apology to Lewis Hamilton and all his fans as well.

In a recent interview with the F1TV, Vettel looked back on the incident once again. And he also talked about how his relationship with the defending F1 champion developed after that.

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Sebastian Vettel had ‘retaliatory contact’ with Lewis Hamilton in Baku 2017

Vettel stated, “Obviously in the heat of the moment, I thought ‘what is he doing’?, and I was very angry. And I just wanted to give him a sort of wake-up. Surely wasn’t the right way to do it, I got penalized for it as well.

“After that, I think specially the relationship with Lewis just grew and the respect for each other. I wouldn’t do it again obviously, but yeah.”

Vettel’s relationship with Hamilton only became better after that. And the German driver has revealed that there is great respect between himself and the 7-time F1 champion.

“Absolutely, I think there’s great respect for each other. We get along, that’s right. We’re very different, I think we’ve very different views on certain things and interests.

“But I think there’s lots of things over the years, more and more things that we seem to agree on,” concluded Vettel on the subject.

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Vettel received no further action from the FIA after the clash with Hamilton

It was the Ferrari driver who came out on top that day finishing P4, while Hamilton finished P5 after an issue with the headrest in the pits. Following the race, however, Vettel issued an apology and no further action was deemed necessary by the FIA.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Pool via REUTERS/Kenan Asyali

Vettel and Hamilton have since been on good terms, with mutual respect visible during the 2020 Turkish GP. And Vettel certainly would reflect on that incident and believe he has become a better racing personality after that.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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