Volledige boordradio van opgefokte Vettel over tijdstraf
10 juni 2019 – Ferrari F1-coureur Sebastian Vettel deed via de boordradio geen moeite om zijn woede over de tijdstraf van vijf seconden in de Canadese Grand Prix in te houden. De Duitser verloor door de veelbesproken straf de overwinning.
Na het incident in ronde 48, gaven de FIA-stewards hem een penalty voor de onveilige wijze waarop hij terugkeerde op het circuit. Hieronder het transcript van de communicatie over de boordradio.
Engineer: "We've got a five-second time penalty for unsafe re-entry, head down, head down. Hamilton three seconds behind…"
Vettel: "I had nowhere to go. Seriously, I had nowhere to go. I did see him."
Vettel: "I had to go through the grass, and you come back, he has amazing grip, where the hell am I supposed to go? I have grass on my wheels. It's his fault if he decides to go that way. If he goes to the inside he'd have gone past me."
Engineer: "OK, stay focused, copy that, stay focused. Ten laps to go."
Vettel: "I am focused. But they are stealing the race from us."
Engineer: "Copy that."
Na de race was er meer over de boordradio uitgewisseld...
Vettel: "You need to be an absolute blind man to think you can go through the grass and then control the car. I was lucky I didn't hit the wall. Where the hell am I supposed to go? This is a wrong world I tell you. This is not fair."
Teambaas Mattia Binotto probeerde Vettel nog te kalmeren, maar de coureur had er genoeg van.
Vettel: "I am not staying calm. This is not fair. It is not fair. I'm angry... and I have the right to be angry. I don't care what people say."