Photograph credit score: Lars Baron/Getty Photographs; screencap by way of Mark Webber.
The primary moist Formulation One Singapore Grand Prix in historical past began with a bang. Max Verstappen’s Pink Bull automotive grew to become the filling in a messy Ferrari sandwich at the beginning of Sunday’s race. Whoever handles Ferrari’s Twitter account tried to position the blame on Max solely to get put proper in his place by ex-Pink Bull F1 driver Mark Webber.
Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen collided with Max Verstappen on the beginning as he tried to cross the Pink Bull across the outdoors on the very starting. This despatched the entrance finish of Räikkönen’s Ferrari into Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel’s automotive. Fernando Alonso’s McLaren additionally obtained caught up within the mess, the harm from which pressured him to retire later within the race a number of laps later.
The collision extensively broken Vettel’s automotive. Vettel crashed a pair turns after the crash as he was making an attempt to limp his automotive again to the pits, forcing him to retire from the race together with Verstappen and Räikkönen.
This crash squashed Vettel’s hopes of taking again the drivers’ championship lead from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton this weekend. Hamilton went on to win the race, stretching his championship result in 28 factors over Vettel.
Stewards took no motion for the incident, stating of their report (as republished by NBC Sports activities):
The stewards take into account that no driver was discovered to have been wholly or predominantly responsible for the incident, and can subsequently take no additional motion.
There’s little doubt that anybody who’s rooting for Vettel could be dissatisfied by the crash. Nonetheless, the PR wonk manning Ferrari’s Twitter took it one step additional with a ridiculous task of blame on the Not Ferrari concerned after the race:
Ferrari took these different details to Twitter in response to a remark by Verstappen throughout the race the place he mentioned that Vettel squeezed him over at the beginning. Verstappen informed BBC:
Primarily Sebastian began squeezing me. Perhaps he didn’t see Kimi on the left however that isn’t an excuse. He shouldn’t take these dangers.
Nonetheless, the sheer ridiculousness of Ferrari’s official Twitter account making an attempt to assign blame in an incident dominated as a routine racing incident didn’t go over nicely. Giedo van der Garde, an ex-F1 driver greatest recognized for Sauber screwing him out of a drive, memed it:
Every day Sportscar’s editor Graham Goodwin, who additionally supplied the race commentary for the World Endurance Championship’s stream of yesterday’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, requested a race official for a second opinion:
However probably the most entertaining remark got here from ex-Pink Bull driver Mark Webber, who apparently knew the PR wonk manning Ferrari’s account and referred to as him proper out for making an attempt responsible Verstappen:
Webber and Vettel have an extended, awkward historical past going again to the times the place they have been each at Pink Bull, and Webber felt just like the group’s quantity two driver behind Seb. Apparently Webber is aware of that Ferrari’s F1 Twitter particular person isn’t all that expert behind the wheel, too.