Vettel slams Verstappen for Japanese Grand Prix collision

Sebastian Vettel has blamed Max Verstappen for their Japanese GP confluence, the collision that may have put the final nail in his championship hopes.

Lewis Hamilton’s title rival Vettel as the Ferrari man lost further ground to finish in sixth place.

Vettel started eighth on the grid following a dramatic qualifying session and while he did manage to work his way up to fourth early on, Vettel collided with Red Bull man Verstappen on lap four.

The Ferrari man tried to overtake Verstappen at Spoon corner in a bid to move up to third, however, Verstappen defended, and the pair touched. The German spun off the track and tumbled down the order to 19th.

“I was pushing to get past. I wasn’t desperate to get past,” Vettel told Sky Sports.

“I knew he had a five-second penalty. The gap was there, but as soon as he saw me, he defended, but I had the inside. In my opinion, he tries to push when he shouldn’t.”

“Look at the incident he had with Kimi,” Vettel continued. It’s not always right the other guy has to move. I got through the whole field without any trouble.

“You need to always leave a space. In that case I couldn’t go anywhere.”

When he as asked whether he would try and overtake Verstappen in the future, Vettel said: “Do you ask him if he should think twice when he defends?

“This is part of racing. I don’t regret the move. With hindsight it’s always easy. His battery was clipping, mine was boosting. He didn’t give enough room and we touched.”