Vettel explains why he returned to Canadian GP podium

Sebastian Vettel did not want to join the Canadian Grand Prix podium ceremony but returned as a "matter of respect" to Mercedes and his Formula 1 teammate Charles Leclerc.

Vettel explains why he returned to Canadian GP podium

A furious Vettel opted not to park his car in the usual area for the top-three finishers and headed straight for Ferrari's hospitality unit in the paddock, after losing his first win of the season because of a five-second time penalty for an incident with eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton.

He returned to join Hamilton and third-place finisher Leclerc on the podium, but not before putting the second-place finishing board in front of Hamilton's car and moving the first-place board to the vacant spot in the holding area where the Ferrari should have been.

Read Also:

Explaining those moments post-race, Vettel said: "I parked the car in parc ferme, a different parc ferme, the one that is not for the top three and then went to get weighed.

"Then at that point I didn't really want to join anything that was happening after that. I was very heated up, obviously angry and disappointed, but I think everybody understands why.

"I think it's a matter of respect to show to Lewis and Charles and also the representative for Mercedes [Hamilton's power unit engineer Marga Torres] on the podium, to be part of the podium.

"Certainly it wasn't the place where I wanted to be because at that point you just want to get out. Sitting here [in the press conference] is not of my free will but I have to be here."

After briefly joining Hamilton on the top step of the podium, Vettel was quick to address frustrated fans who started booing the British driver.

Post-race interviewer Martin Brundle had returned to quiz Vettel having been unable to do so in parc ferme because the four-time world champion was absent.

When Hamilton was also asked an additional question on the podium, he responded to the disapproval by saying "I didn't make the decision, firstly, so I don't know what they're booing at, maybe it's the decision".

At this point Vettel interrupted to say "the people shouldn't boo at Lewis", and later reiterated that he was against such behaviour.

"[It was] nothing to do with Lewis," said Vettel. "I obviously understand that the people weren't happy, as I wasn't happy myself with these sort of decisions.

"But it was nothing to do with Lewis. It's just not nice when people boo you, so that's why I jumped in. I'm sorry that I interrupted his answer but I jumped in and said 'don't boo him, he's done nothing wrong'.

"If anything he drove a great race, put me under a lot of pressure and I really, really enjoyed that. I think we share great respect amongst each other. [It was] Nothing to do with him."

shares
comments
Promoted: Popular Shell House Canada comes to a close in Montreal

Previous article

Promoted: Popular Shell House Canada comes to a close in Montreal

Next article

Failed set-up gamble led to Magnussen's radio rant

Failed set-up gamble led to Magnussen's radio rant
Load comments
Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold? Prime

Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?

OPINION: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckoned Max Verstappen winning the French Grand Prix – an event where Mercedes had previously been dominant – would signal “we can beat them anywhere”. Here’s how that claim stacks up looking at the rest of the 2021 season

The IndyCar feature that Paul Ricard desperately needs in F1 Prime

The IndyCar feature that Paul Ricard desperately needs in F1

The French Grand Prix offered a surprisingly interesting spectacle, despite the headache-inducing nature of the circuit. But IndyCar's Road America race offered far more in terms of action - and the increased jeopardy at the Elkhart Lake venue might be something Paul Ricard needs in future...

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2021
French Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

French Grand Prix driver ratings

The French GP was a weekend decided by tiny margins both at the front of the field, as Red Bull inflicted a comeback defeat on Mercedes, and in the battle for the minor points places. That's reflected in our driver ratings, where several drivers came close to a maximum score

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2021
How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes Prime

How Red Bull took French GP "payback" on a day of Mercedes mistakes

The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2021
The Mercedes lap that puts F1 victory fight back on a knife-edge Prime

The Mercedes lap that puts F1 victory fight back on a knife-edge

Red Bull led the way after the first two practice sessions for the 2021 French Grand Prix, but only just ahead of Mercedes. There was all the usual practice skulduggery complicating the performance picture, but one aspect seen at the world champion squad gave it a ‘surprise’ lift, as it looks to leave its street-circuit struggles firmly in the past.

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2021
How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working Prime

How Ferrari got its F1 recovery plan working

After its worst campaign in 40 years, the famous Italian team had to bounce back in 2021 – and it appears to be delivering. Although it concedes the pole positions in Monaco and Baku paint a somewhat misleading picture of its competitiveness, the team is heading into the 2022 rules revamp on much stronger footing to go for wins again

Formula 1
Jun 18, 2021
The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Prime

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

Formula 1
Jun 17, 2021
The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again Prime

The F1 figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Formula 1
Jun 16, 2021