Vettel reprimanded after incident with Senna

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday 8 June 2012.

Sebastian Vettel during the first day of practice in Montreal

Jun.9 (F1 Media) Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel got away with a slap on the wrist from the FIA race stewards in Canada, after he collided with Bruno Senna during free practice session of the  GP weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday 8 June 2012.Senna was seen to wave a fist at Vettel after the world champion brushed past him in turn 13 in the morning session. In the incident, the Red Bull Racing driver lightly touched Senna’s Williams, leading to the stewards calling both drivers and their team representatives to explain themselves.

However, despite the investigation, Vettel escaped without major sanction, the Red Bull Racing driver being handed a simple reprimand by stewards, Martin Donnelly, Jose Abed and Gerd Ennser.

Vettel finished the opening session in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and in the afternoon settled for fourth, behind the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and second-placed Fernando Alonso, and Hamilton, who held on to the top spot.

Afterwards, Vettel professed himself happy with his day’s efforts.

Bruno Senna (BRA) Williams FW34. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday 8 June 2012.“We were thinking to put on our supersoft tyres in the first practice being a bit afraid of the rain coming in the afternoon but it didn’t come. However you never know in advance. So, all in all, a good day, with decent laps and even with a little bit of a different approach in terms of when we put on which tyres, I think we can be fairly happy and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Along with the German and Hungarian grands prix, the Canadian event is just one of three he’s raced at but not won. However, the champion insisted that his failure to win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was not preying on his mind.

“There’s no pressure at not having won here, I just hope I can change it on Sunday. It’s a normal race. It’s a great track, with a lot of start and stop, some chicanes, quick changes of direction – it’s good fun.”

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  • Andy – London

    We all know that Senna is in F1 only because of his surname and yet again he seems to be involved with a world champion.
    If he wasn’t good enough for HRT then what makes him good enough for Williams? Do they have 2 pay-per-drive drivers?

  • Chris

    He looked like he was slowing down at the start of T14 and Vettel thought he could pass him but due to Senna Turn in Vettel and Senna has a Small brush and it was common in Practice by Cutting Corner and I don’t understand Why reprimand was Issued for such a Small Cause
    Also Senna was always looked Uncomfortable with car and Finally crashed in Wall of Champions it would show how Hard it was for him