British former racing driver Damon Hill has advised Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to be on their best behaviour after the incident which took place at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last week in Baku. The title rivals clashed after Sebastian Vettel ran into the back of Lewis Hamilton in preparation for a re-start due to the fact that the Brit failed to accelerate out of the penultimate corner. The German driver subsequently pulled alongside Lewis Hamilton and gesticulated to him, with the German’s car swerving into and banging wheels with Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Damon Hill, who managed to win the Formula One Drivers’ Championship back in 1996, was involved in a similar rivalry with Michael Schumacher during his career, and says the best thing the duo can do is keep their nose clean: “It has been a good season so far. It’s getting warmed up and I think it boiled over a little in Azerbaijan so we’re very keen to see what’s going to happen next in Austria. I think we all saw a very heated Sebastian Vettel and I believe he is going to be re-investigated, so we’ll be waiting with baited breath to see what effect that will have. As we know, Vettel is leading the championship and Lewis Hamilton is second. I’m sure he doesn’t need any penalties to win the championship but it looks like they’re going to take the matter quite seriously.” – Damon Hill explaiend, as reported by devonlive.com.
Ask to comment on what advice he would give to the two Formula 1 world champions, he added: “Keep your nose clean, get on with the racing and good luck.” – the former Williams, Arrows and Jordan driver concluded.
Damon Hill was speaking at an event at chef Michael Caines’ Lympstone Manor in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Williams F1.