FOUR-TIME F1 champions Sebastian Vettel joked he will ‘touch Lewis Hamilton’s rear wing’ after the Brit was disqualified from qualifying in Sao Paulo.
The joke comes after title hopeful Max Verstappen was slapped with a hefty £43,000 fine for touching rival Hamilton’s car after finishing behind him in Friday’s session.
Vettel joked with the idea of touching Hamilton’s car and picking up a hefty fine like Verstappen did[/caption]
But that didn’t stop the seven-time champ as he astonishingly drove his way fifth placed finish in the sprint race.
He will, however, start Sunday’s Brazilian GP from tenth due to a separate five-place penalty for taking a new engine.
Vettel joked: “I’m going to touch Hamilton’s rear wing.”
Members of Aston Martin’s radio team replied: “Don’t you dare. Very Expensive.”
The German continued: “I’m joking. Maybe I’ll try the front wing, maybe it’s 25 grand.”
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Although yesterday’s barnstorming drive keeps Hamilton‘s hopes of a record eighth title alive, Verstappen has the upper hand.
The Dutchman starts in P2 behind Valtteri Bottas.
And with four races to go, the Brit trails Verstappen by 21 points in the driver standings.