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Vettel apologises to the FIA after radio outburst // Ferrari driver regrets harsh words to Charlie Whiting

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Sebastian Vettel was in all sorts of trouble after the Mexican Grand Prix. Firstly, he was penalised out of his inherited third place position due to an infringement in his defensive driving against Daniel Ricciardo. Then he found himself under scrutiny by the FIA, after some abusive words uttered by the German over the team radio.

Frustrated behind the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen, who had gained an advantage off track, Vettel’s ranting turned to swearing, and was aimed directly at race director Charlie Whiting. The FIA won’t tolerate abuse towards anyone, particularly as it brings the sport into disrepute, and Vettel could have been made to face the FIA International Tribunal.

There was consternation throughout the paddock at this behaviour but the FIA have explained there will be no sanction at this time. A statement from the governing body concludes that Vettel apologised immediately to everyone involved and has shown sincere contrition, so there will be no disciplinary action.