Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas

Vettel: Bottas jumped the start

Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas

Sebastian Vettel is adamant that Austrian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas jumped the start, despite the fact that race officials had the Mercedes driver’s reaction time at 0.201 of a second and within the limits.

During the podium interviews Vettel told Martin Brundle, “I was pretty sure he jumped it.”


A few minutes later during the post race press conference the Ferrari driver remained unconvinced, “From my point of view he jumped the start but… obviously I was sure that he did; it looked like it from the inside of the car but it’s not for me to judge at the end of the day.”

“I probably was a bit late because it’s quite tricky then to keep standing still but yeah, I think it was OK. I had a bit of wheelslip later on but overall I thought it was a good start.”

He was then told of Bottas’ reaction time and replied, “Don’t believe that.”

Later, during the press conference, he was pressed again about the matter, to which he responded, “First of all, to clarify it, I don’t want to take anything away from Valtteri, I think he drove an excellent race. Obviously at the end, with a difficult car he didn’t do a mistake, so he performed well.”

Then insisted again, “But when I said I don’t believe, it’s because I don’t believe. I think normally the reaction times are around 0.2 for everyone. I don’t think that everyone was that much slower today, that’s why I don’t believe that Valtteri was that much quicker.’

“I had a strong belief at the time that he jumped the start. Turned out he didn’t, so I’m guessing that there is a reason to be believe he didn’t but I can’t believe that his reaction time was 0.2. That would be normal and in my point of view his reaction was inhuman, so… He said earlier that he is not human.”

Mercedes driver Bottas explained, “When the car was moving, the lights were off so that was the main thing, so probably one of my best starts, maybe even quite risky, I think, but there’s not much more to gain at the start and I knew I had to make a good one.”

Big Question: Is Seb out of line questing the stewards decision and proof regarding what he calls a jump start?