The Ferrari driver, who finished third behind Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren and Mexican Sergio Perez of Sauber, was asked about the defending champion’s driving during a post-race news briefing and, at first, refused to answer.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso turns TV cameraman on the podium
His enigmatic smile was enough, then, however to confirm an impression that he agreed entirely with the stewards’ decision to give the Red Bull man a drive-through penalty.
Asked again about the incident, however, and pressed to explain if it had cost him a chance to do better in the race, he said: “I lost 10 laps behind him, after the incident, and for sure the car was damaged because at 330 kph you are jumping on the gravel — so I don’t think the floor and everything was fine after those jumps.”
Vettel’s wild driving came on a bad day for Red Bull as both drivers were forced to retire and the team finished pointless. —
1: Hamilton (McLaren), 2: Perez (Sauber), 3: Alonso (Ferrari)
4: Massa (Ferrari), 5: Raikkonen (Lotus), 6: Schumacher (Mercedes), 7: Rosberg (Mercedes), 8: Di Resta (Sahara Force India), 9: Kobayashi (Sauber), 10: Senna (Williams),
19: Karthikeyan (HRT)