The four-time Formula One Champion admitted full responsibility for the controversy, which took place during the race in Baku on 25th June. Vettel “has extended his sincere apologies to the FIA and the wider motorsport family” according to the FIA.
The FIA said that because of “the severity of the offence and its potential negative consequences”, Vettel has been told that any repeat of his actions “would immediately be referred to the FIA International Tribunal for further investigation”.
Championship leader Vettel accused Hamilton of ‘brake-testing’ and deliberately slowing in front of him. Vettel then pulled alongside Hamilton and swerved his car into the Mercedes. The German was given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race after being found guilty of dangerous driving.
Hamilton, who was cleared of any infractions, said Vettel’s driving was “disgusting” and “not sportsman’s conduct”. Vettel finished a place ahead of Hamilton in fourth extending his championship lead to 14 points after the Briton was forced to a pit stop to change a loose head restraint.
“Following detailed discussion and further examination of video and data evidence related to the incident, Sebastian Vettel admitted full responsibility. Sebastian Vettel extended his sincere apologies to the FIA and the wider motorsport family. He additionally committed to devote personal time over the next 12 months to educational activities across a variety of FIA championships and events. The FIA notes this commitment, the personal apology made by Sebastian Vettel and his pledge to make that apology public. In light of these developments, FIA president Jean Todt decided that on this occasion the matter should be closed.” Said FIA in a statement following further examination of the incident.