Vettel: Max still a bit jumpy under braking

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Sebastian Vettel has criticised the way Max Verstappen defended position during their scrap in the early stages of the British Grand Prix, saying the Dutch teenager still has a tendency to move under braking.

Vettel and Verstappen were locked in a fierce battle for third place during the first stint of Sunday's race, with both drivers taking it in turns to run the other out wide at Stowe and Club. Vettel complained over team radio that he felt Verstappen had moved in the braking zone, while the Red Bull driver suggested Vettel wanted to play "bumper cars".

Verstappen's defensive driving has been criticised in the past, particularly after clashing with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, and led to the short-lived 'Verstappen rule' which outlawed moving under braking. However, in a bid to simplify the rules over the winter, the FIA simplified that section of the sporting regulations with a catch-all article that says no penalty will be issued unless a driver is "wholly or predominantly to blame for an incident".

But after Sunday's race, Vettel says Verstappen still has a tendency to cross the line of what is acceptable under braking.

"It is not right to say I expected it, but we know he is a bit jumpy on that," Vettel said. "He is trying to defend as hard as possible and at some point you need to stick to your line. I am sure he will calm down, it's still not that many races he has done.


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