Sebastian Vettel accused Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of ‘brake testing’ him, which damaged the German’s front wing and sent him into a rage.
“If you were to do that on a public road you would get arrested,” 1996 world champion Damon Hill is quoted as saying by The Times .
He is referring to the way the Ferrari driver pulled alongside Hamilton and apparently deliberately turned into him, earning him a penalty and bringing him close to the end of his super licence penalty points.
Afterwards, a furious Hamilton said that the next time Vettel wants to take him on, it should be “face to face”.
“Lewis will hit him one day,” agreed Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda . “Not with the car but with the fist.”
When grilled by the media about the incident, Vettel simply would not refer to it.
“I went next to him to lift my hand. I wanted to make it clear that this was not right,” he said. When asked if it was deliberate, Vettel asked the reporter: “That I lifted my hand?”
Despite repeated attempts by reporters to refer to the clash, Vettel would not even admit that there was contact, instead insisting again and again that Hamilton had brake-tested him.
However, Hamilton said that Vettel’s actions set a “precedent” for impressionable young racers coming through the ranks, and others agree that the FIA may still act.
The championship continues with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 9.