Sebastian Vettel: No intention to hold Verstappen back


That was of course my fault.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had emphasised to Verstappen that he needed a clean weekend in Shanghai.

When asked how he felt his pace was compared to Vettel before the Safety Car was deployed, Bottas said: "It felt like everything was under control and I had no major drop off in the end". And then it's game over for us. At that time I was racing Lewis and I was waiting for him to come through.

Verstappen, who had come into the weekend answering questions about a controversial clash with Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain, was then seen talking to the Ferrari driver after the race.

The Red Bull driver took fifth after being handed a 10-second penalty and, while measured in his response, Vettel was keen to remind Verstappen, 20, that he was no longer a rookie.

Once past the Mercedes, Verstappen made a late move on Vettel into the Turn 14 hairpin and contact led to both cars spinning, something which the 20-year-old personally apologized for immediately after the race. However, Verstappen ran out of space at the apex after locking his rear tyres, making contact with Vettel on the outside and pitching them both into a spin.

"He's not young anymore".

The team will be cursing their misfortune from the opening round in Australia and will also rue not being able to take victory in the previous round in Bahrain when they looked to be clearly faster in race trim.

"You mustn't forget that inside the vehicle the judgements are very hard to make but you have to ultimately have these things in mind and make sure you don't crash". We need to stay out of any issues and go from there.

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"I'm not quite sure (how I see the championship situation) to be honest". I had no intention to resist because it was clear with Daniel as well that there was no point doing so - they were just too quick on the fresh tyres. But this can happen when you have done 300 races. "I guess he misjudged and sort of compromised both of our result".

Despite another high-profile collision, Verstappen maintains he does not need to change his approach. "That probably would have been the best idea but unfortunately that happened". However, does this mean I must calm down? I lost some time, but I don't know.

Try to return stronger for the next race and I simply have to analyze everything.

"Today was a really bad day for Max".

Vettel now leads the championship by 9 points with 54 points.

"Maybe not even calm down but maybe oversee the situation a little bit more".

"In Bahrain he learned a lesson because Lewis doesn't let anyone do that, and Max's auto was destroyed afterwards".

Pushed by Sky Sports F1 on whether he needed to be less aggressive, Verstappen replied: "It is easy to comment".