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Max Verstappen: Sebastian Vettel to blame for Singapore GP crash

September 17, 2017 2:10 PM
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Max Verstappen: Sebastian Vettel to blame for Singapore GP crash

"I don't think it was a racing incident," says Verstappen after seventh DNF of the season at the Singapore GP

Max Verstappen has laid the blame on Sebastian Vettel for the first-lap crash that ended both of their races at the Singapore GP and says the German "shouldn't take risks".

Verstappen started on the front row behind Vettel but was soon involved in a Ferrari sandwich as the pole-sitter moved left to squeeze the Red Bull into Kimi Raikkonen, who had a storming getaway from fourth.

Raikkonen and Verstappen were both immediately out of the race after the heavy contact and pulled up at Turn One, while Vettel crashed out soon after.

It was the seventh DNF of the season for Verstappen and he has criticised Vettel, whose race retirement has given Lewis Hamilton the chance to build a commanding lead in the drivers' standings.

"I think mainly Sebastian started squeezing me," Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. "Maybe he didn't see Kimi on the left but that's not an excuse.

"If you are fighting for the world championship you shouldn't take those risks squeezing someone that much. You can see what happens. Lewis is leading the race and the three of us are out."

Race stewards confirmed they were investigating the collision, but no verdict has been announced as yet.

It is the first time Vettel failed to finish a race due to a collision in almost a year, having crashed out of 2016's Malaysian GP, but he was warned about his conduct by the FIA after his Baku antics earlier this season.

"I don't think it was a racing incident," added Verstappen. "They took in total three cars out and I was in the middle doing nothing wrong. We'll see what happens.

"I'm happy not only I retired but all three of us so we all have a bit of pain."

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