Sebastian Vettel felt forced to do one thing after Canadian GP because of Lewis Hamilton
Vettel was furious after having his victory taken away from him after incurring a five-second penalty.
The stewards punished the Ferrari star for almost colliding with Hamilton on lap 48.
He was then struck with the penalty which cost him a first win of the season and strengthens Hamilton grip on the Drivers’ Championship.
Vettel had to settle for second place and initially refused to stand on the podium after crossing the chequered flag in first place.
But he then felt obliged to do so out of respect for his fellow drivers.
“I didn’t want to join in with anything,” he said.
“I was angry and disappointed, I think everyone understands why.
“But I think it’s respect to show to Lewis and Charles [Leclerc] and the representative from Mercedes to be part of the podium.
“Certainly it’s not the place I wanted to be, at that point I wanted to get out, being there is not of my free will but I had to be there.”
Ferrari have lodged a complaint with F1 chiefs regarding the penalty.
And Vettel fumed at the rule makers in his post-race press conference.
“I’m not happy about all this complaining and stuff that we see so many times. It’s racing. It’s common sense,” he added.
“In this regard, I disagree with where the sport is now.
“We have all this wording – I gained an advantage, I didn’t gain an advantage, I avoided a collision, all this – I just think it’s wrong. It’s not really what we’re going in the car.
“Nowadays I don’t like it. We all sound a bit like lawyers using the official language and I just think it gives no edge to people and no edge to the sport.
“Ultimately it’s not the sport I fell in love with when I was watching [as a child].”
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