Max Verstappen has said he “respects” Sebastian Vettel for apologising for crashing into him at the British Grand Prix.
After the safety car period Verstappen’s teammate Pierre Gasly allowed him to pass and the Dutchamn started to hunt down Sebastian Vettel.
On lap 37 Verstappen had closed in on Vettel and overtook the Ferrari heading into Stowe. Vettel then closed back in on Verstappen heading down to Club but misjudged his braking point and went in to the back of the Red Bull.
“I then had really strong pace and caught Seb [Vettel], I passed him and defended into Turn 17 but Seb out braked himself and hit me from behind.” said Verstappen.
“I’m not angry but disappointed as it was hard racing and Seb didn’t do it on purpose.”
“He also apologised as soon as I got out of the car which I respect.”
The pair spun off the track but were able to continue in the race. Vettel ended up 15th after having to pit for a new front wing and then being hit with a 10 second penalty for causing a collision.
Despite getting airborne, Verstappen managed to remain in the points and ended up finishing fifth even though his car had damage.
“I honestly don’t know how I brought the car to the finish as it felt like the power steering failed and the floor was damaged” added Verstappen.
Vettel admitted to causing the accident straight after the race and stated that he was “too close” and was unable to avoid the crash.
“I had thought a gap would open up on the inside but it didn’t” said Vettel.
“It looked for a second as if he was pulling into the middle but he stayed left, but by that time it was already too late, I was too close and I couldn’t avoid the crash.”