Rosberg says Vettel was out of control in Malaysian GP F1 crash

Nico Rosberg has blamed Sebastian Vettel for their first corner collision in the Malaysian Grand Prix, describing the four-times Formula 1 champion as "out of control"

Rosberg says Vettel was out of control in Malaysian GP F1 crash

Rosberg spun as a result of the collision and dropped to the back of the field before recovering to third, while Vettel retired with suspension damage.

"I got T-boned by a four-time world champion, out of control," said Rosberg of the incident.

"I thought I was finished after Turn 1. I didn't think a podium would be possible, so I'm happy with that.

"I know how terrible it was in that moment."

Vettel was on the inside line attempting to pass Red Bull driver Max Verstappen when Rosberg cut back to the inside from a wide line.

Vettel believed there was nothing he could do to avoid the collision, saying that Rosberg was entitled to drive as he did while hinting Verstappen did contribute to what happened.

"I tried to race Max into Turn 1, Nico picked a different line ahead, which is his right, and unfortunately we made contact," said Vettel.

"I was squeezed to the inside, I tried to avoid it as much as I could but I couldn't avoid the contact.

"I was braking at the same point as him [Max], he was squeezing me down to the inside because he's racing and both of us would have made the corner no problem.

"Racing him is moving around, everybody knows now.

"If you are squeezed to the inside, your angle doesn't get any better for Turn 1 so I was trying to turn in and get the corner.

"I did make the corner no problem, I wasn't braking massively too late, or too late at all, but Nico tried to cut back to fight Lewis."

Verstappen, who finished second blamed Vettel for the incident, having dropped to sixth as he avoided the resulting melee.

"In Turn 1, I braked late but was OK," said Verstappen.

"Sebastian braked, had no space and he T-boned Nico so I had to avoid all the debris."

shares
comments
Hamilton says something not right with Mercedes F1 engine failures

Previous article

Hamilton says something not right with Mercedes F1 engine failures

Next article

Lauda slams 'sabotage' talk after Hamilton's Malaysian GP failure

Lauda slams 'sabotage' talk after Hamilton's Malaysian GP failure
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Rosberg , Sebastian Vettel
Author Lawrence Barretto
How F1’s street track return can offer Verstappen redemption Plus

How F1’s street track return can offer Verstappen redemption

Red Bull has failed to capitalise on having the best car in the opening rounds. BEN EDWARDS thinks change is around the corner

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke Plus

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke

Pierre Gasly has driven superbly since demotion from Red Bull in 2019, but the team formerly known as Toro Rosso has come on strong too – building a car that can often challenge Ferrari and McLaren. Here Gasly reveals to ALEX KALINAUCKAS how AlphaTauri has given him the tools needed to rebuild his reputation

Formula 1
May 17, 2021
Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Plus

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to STUART CODLING, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion

Formula 1
May 15, 2021
Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
May 14, 2021
How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021