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Chiefs investigating Vettel after clash with Hamilton

 

By Phillip Duncan

Sebastian Vettel is under investigation by Formula One's governing body after he deliberately collided with title rival Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Four-time champion Vettel was punished with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the chaotic race after he banged wheels with Hamilton during a second safety car period.

Vettel, 29, faced accusations of bringing the sport into disrepute and the FIA said they will determine whether they now need to take any further action against the Championship leader.

Vettel could be fined, penalised with a grid drop, or even hit with a race ban should the FIA decide to discipline the German.

The investigation will take place on Monday, six days before the next round in Austria.

"Following the recent incident at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, on Monday, July 3, the FIA will further examine the causes of the incident in order to evaluate whether further action is necessary," an FIA spokesperson said.

Vettel, believing that Hamilton had deliberately brake-tested him, drove alongside his rival and slammed into him. However, telemetry from Hamilton's Mercedes proved that the 32-year-old had not been acting in an unusual manner.

Vettel was already walking a tightrope after he was hit with three points on his F1 licence, taking his tally to nine. Indeed, if the Ferrari driver obtains three more in Austria, then he will automatically miss Hamilton's home race at Silverstone.

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