British business magnate and former chief executive of the Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone believes that Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton tried to get Sebastian Vettel “in trouble” at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which took place last Sunday in Baku, a situation that led to their controversial collision and the numerous discussions in recent days.
Given the fact that Sebastian Vettel was struggling to hold the Force India cars behind him at bay on the restarts, Ferrari’s German tried to remain as close as possible behind Lewis Hamilton as Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix got underway again after another Safety Car period. The Maranello team’s driver, however, found himself tagging the rear of Hamilton’s Mercedes which he felt was because the Brit has brake-checked him. Sebastian then drew alongside his title contender and gave his W08 a whack. The current leader of the Formula One world championship was penalised due to this incident, but Bernie Ecclestone thinks that it was all Lewis Hamilton’s doing: “For the events on the track in Baku, Hamilton was trying to put Vettel in trouble by braking and caused the incident. Vettel’s reaction was normal judgment to let Hamilton know that he understood his intentions.” – the former F1 supremo told FormulaPassion.it, as reported by the online platform on Tuesday.
Ahead of the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel has increased his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 14 points in the Formula 1 Driver Standings, but Scuderia Ferrari is only second in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings, with 226 points, behind Mercedes (250).