Date: 10th July 2017 at 6:58pm
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Sebastian Vettel has once again brought the sport Formula One into disrepute by wrongfully accusing a rival of something they haven’t done.

During the race the race in Baku, the Ferrari driver was so incensed by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton ‘brake testing’ him that he drove alongside him and deliberately collided with him.

Following the race and despite all of the video evidence and telemetry proving Vettel wrong, he still refused to admit guilt and continued his accusations.

It was only after the FIA slapped his wrists that Vettel eventually apologised, but even then, even for someone that can speak multiple languages, he couldn’t say ‘sorry’ in any of them.

Even during the press conferences Lewis Hamilton had to ask on multiple occasions to get Vettel to admit that Hamilton had not brake tested him.

Now following the race at the Red Bull Ring, Vettel has moved on to falsely accusing Valtteri Bottas of jumping the start.

He did so during the race and immediately after the race, even after having seen replays and told the telemetry he continued.

‘From my point of view, he jumped the start ? I was sure that he did,’ Vettel was quoted by motorsport.com.

When told Bottas’ reaction time was 0.201seconds he said: ‘When I say I don’t believe, I don’t believe, Normally, the reactions are 0.2s for everyone, so I don’t believe everyone was slower today.

‘So that is why I don’t believe Valtteri was so much quicker. I was a strong believer that he jumped the start, but it turns out he didn’t – that is why I don’t believe it. His start was unhuman.’


Formula One racing’s governing body the FIA later released a statement explaining why Bottas was initially investigated during the race and why he was found to be not guilty.

‘The jump start system judges whether a car has moved a pre-set (very small) distance between the point at which the last red light comes on and the point at which the lights go out.

‘We have found that need to allow for some very small movement, as drivers sometimes need to make clutch adjustments in preparation for the start. This system, which is dependent on the official timing provided by Formula One, has been in operation for some 20 years and has proved extremely reliable in that time.

?In today?s instance, Valtteri Bottas did not exceed this (very small) limit before the start was given.
Simply put: he made an exceptionally accurate and fortuitous judgement call, anticipating the moment the lights went out with great precision. Any movement prior to the moment the lights went out was within the tolerances allowed.