When Valtteri Bottas collided with Sebastian Vettel as they fought for second place in Hungary, for a second it looked like there could be big championship implications. However, the German escaped the contact unscathed and afterwards did not have a bad word to say about his rival’s actions...
On aging rubber, after pitting early in the race to cover off Kimi Raikkonen’s early stop, Bottas was struggling for lap time and Vettel, on fresher ultrasoft tyres, caught him quickly. The Ferrari driver attacked around the outside of Turn 2 and when Bottas tried to defend on the dirty inside line, he locked up and slid into Vettel.
The Mercedes driver suffered front wing damage, and later collided with Daniel Ricciardo in a separate incident as he nursed damage. But Vettel avoided picking up a puncture, allowing him to take second behind race winner and championship leader Lewis Hamilton, while Bottas finished fifth.
“Obviously I felt all of a sudden that I got hit from behind,” said Vettel. “I think for him there wasn’t really anywhere to go. I don’t blame him.
"I think he had no grip, obviously when you’re so close it’s very difficult to stop the car and I think he locked up and we made contact. For me, I realised straight away that I had a much better run and my rears were in better shape.