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F1 reacts to Vettel's let-off

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Vettel to face no further action for Baku collisions

The reaction of Sky F1's Martin Brundle"He obviously needed to go in with some humility and take some responsibility, which he's done.

"I think he's lucky in a way but fans have been telling me for ages 'there are too many rules in Formula 1, too many penalties', and I'm satisfied with the result. It was a silly thing he did, he paid a penalty for it and he's got to do some other work around it and we move on.

"It was essential [he admitted full responsibility and apologised]. On the day, we heard him on the radio asking why he'd got a penalty and we laughed. It was hilarious really that he was trying to make out he was surprised he got a penalty. He knew what he was doing, it was very slow speed and he went tyre to tyre with Hamilton. Obviously, he lost his rag...

"I think, all things considered, it's ended up about right. He needed to go in and tip his cap and admit what he did was wrong and never do it again.

"I think other drivers could [exploit his short fuse]. He's on nine penalty points out of 12. In wheel-to-wheel combat now, Hamilton and others know that Vettel's exposed. One more misdemeanour, and he's going to get a race ban, and that will hurt his championship chance significantly. He's at a disadvantage now.

"We've seen his anger before, against Mark Webber in the Turkish GP and in other incidents where he just suddenly loses his control, as it were. These are highly-skilled sportsmen, full of adrenaline doing speeds of 230mph. It happens sometimes. That's what sport is about. It's about passion, it's about aggression.

"We're having a great season in F1 because Ferrari have got their act together and taken the fight to Mercedes. And we've got two great champions in Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel slugging it out, literally as we saw in Baku. It's going to be season-long and two mighty teams behind them. It's really coming good. We feared another Mercedes domination but we're not having that. We go to every race not knowing who's going to be on pole and who is going to win the race."

The reaction on social media

The reaction of Fleet Street'They could have imposed a race ban, grid penalty or fine but have accepted Vettel's admission of responsibility and declared the case closed...Todt was understood to have been unhappy with the leniency shown by the stewards, who could have given Vettel a black flag - disqualifying him from the race. Todt has been the driving force behind the FIA's road safety campaign and there was considerable concern that Vettel's actions sent out the wrong message to drivers both on track and on the road' - The Guardian

'Cynics will see the non-action as 'proof' that the FIA stands for Ferrari International Assistance. They will point to Todt's long stint as the Scuderia's team principal in the Michael Schumacher era as 'evidence'. Untested accusations aside, the FIA can fairly be accused of failing to stand up as strongly as they could have done for the values of sportsmanship' - The Daily Mail

And the reaction on the internet'I am appalled, even if I am not surprised...When all is said and done, the only conclusion one can reach is that this is an incredibly weak ruling - and a terrible precedent. If the reference about repetition applies to drivers other than Vettel (it is not clear from the wording), then it is clearly an unfair ruling. Why would Vettel be allowed to get away with something outrageous while other drivers are not allowed to? If the repetition reference applies only to Vettel, then any other driver who commits any such offence will be able to argue that there is a precedent for there to be no punishment - beyond some nebulous community service' - Joe Saward.

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