The Incident that started it all

Following Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, one of the biggest talking points of the race was the close call between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel was steadily being caught by Hamilton as the race progressed.

Then, the German driver dropped the ball and ran wide, going across the grass. Smelling blood, Hamilton attacked the recovering Ferrari, but, Sebastian Vettel squeezed him close to the wall. The FIA immediately investigated and imposed a 5-second time penalty for Vettel. However, a number of former drivers and experts felt that the penalty was harsh and it was merely a racing incident.

According to Sky F1 commentator and former driver, Karun Chandhok, it was a pure racing incident. Chandhok first looked at the onboard camera of Sebastian Vettel and noticed that he had a bit of oversteer. Once he was on the grass, all his focus was on getting back on track. When his wheels finally hit the tarmac, he had another bout of oversteer as the rear of the Ferrari bounced on the kerb.

Moving on to Hamilton’s point of view, he had plenty of space, but Sebastian Vettel was busy trying to correct his car. Hamilton actually managed to back out of the move before any disaster, however it was a pure racing incident.