Vettel apologises to Hamilton as FIA take no further action


File photo dated 25-10-2015 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (right) after his victory and winning the 2015 Formula One World Championship in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, USA.

Despite Sebastian Vettel being found to have deliberately driven into Lewis Hamilton during a race, no further action will be taken.

Formula One's governing body decided the ten-second penalty he was given for "dangerous driving" during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was sufficient.

According to The Times, the only action taken by the FIA was to change the seating order for the press conference yesterday before the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend to keep both drivers apart.

German driver Vettel apparently messaged Hamilton after the race to discuss the incident in which he had struck Hamilton's car. However, Hamilton claims that Vettel blamed him for the incident, so he wanted Vettel to publicly announce that he had not brake-tested him.

Speaking about the incident, Hamilton said: "I just said that, for me, I have the utmost respect for him as a driver and will continue to race him hard as a driver as we always have and no less hard."

"There wasn't actually an apology in the conversation we had, even if that was maybe the intention. The next day when we were texting there was an apology and I did accept it."

Following the incident, Hamilton has said he has moved on, which Vettel was 'happy' about.

Vettel said: "What I did was wrong. I made a mistake. I apologised but it doesn't take it away,"

"If I could go back in time and take it back, I would. But, as I can't, it is good to say we focus on the weekend and go out and race."