No Further Action for Apologetic Vettel after FIA Hearing in Paris

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will face no further sanctions from the FIA for his on-track clash with Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

At the time, with all cars behind the safety vehicle in what can only be described as a chaotic Grand Prix, Vettel alleged at the time that Hamilton had "brake-checked" him or intentionally slowed down to impede Vettel's race.

"Hamilton braked a couple of times, you don't do that, I don't know why I got the penalty, I don't know why I got the penalty and he didn't", an angry Vettel said after the race in Baku.

Vettel got road-rage on lap 19 of the race in Baku when the cars were trailing Mercedes race leader Hamilton behind a safety vehicle as crash debris was removed from the track.

At the time of the incident, Vettel replied "where did I do risky driving?" but that appears to have changed, with the Ferrari ace accepting the blame for the Baku incident.

Vettel, who was joined by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, met with FIA president Jean Todt and other senior figures from the governing body to discuss the events in Baku. Ferrari's German four-time world champ came fourth ahead of Mercedes' British three-time champ in the race to stretch his lead to 14 points in the drivers' championship.

Vettel admitted to responsibility for the incident and apologized, FIA added.

The FIA said yesterday's meeting was attended by top officials including race director Charlie Whiting and safety director Laurent Mekies. In 1997 Michael Schumacher was given a retrospective punishment after driving into Jacques Villeneuve at the title decider in Jerez. He was also ordered to participate in a seven-day road safety campaign organised by the FIA and the European Commission the following year.

"In the light of this honest apology and strong commitment, the FIA President has decided, on an exceptional basis, not to take disciplinary action against Mr Vettel by bringing this matter before the FIA International Tribunal", the FIA stated at the time.

Sportsmen must be cognizant of the impact their behavior can have on those who look up to them.

On Monday evening, the FIA issued a statement saying it would not take further action against Vettel despite "being deeply concerned by the wider implications of the incident".

"'They are heroes and role models to millions of fans worldwide and must conduct themselves accordingly".


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