Vettel pleads guilty on blocking Hamilton, but no investigation

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says he's fine if the Mexican Grand Prix stewards give him a penalty after he blocked Lewis Hamilton at the start of Q2 on Saturday.

Vettel was warming his soft tyres by weaving through the stadium section and was totally oblivious of Hamilton's approach, the Briton passing him on the approach to Peraltada to set the fastest time of the session.

When asked if he blocked Hamilton, Vettel admitted: "I did, but I had no idea he was coming. I was told too late.

"It's my mistake, so if they give me a penalty then go ahead. Nothing I can do now." 

Despite his admission, and Hamilton's complaint over the radio at the time, stewards did not investigate the incident anyway.

Raikkonen bewildered by engine issue

Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who will start one place ahead of him in sixth, blamed an engine issue for costing him a final shot at improving his starting position.

"I felt it a bit in my first try in the last part, I really don't know what happened and see what we can do," said Raikkonen. "Obviously it was not ideal, we coulda used the second set [of supersofts].

"The first qualification was good, the car was better than I felt all weekend. The second was a little bit [of a] struggle, but the first [Q3] try was OK. I felt there was a few places we coulda gained a lot of laptime.

"I think we had quite a lot of speed, but we never could really use it in the end."

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Series Formula 1
Event Mexican GP
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news