German Grand Prix-Hamilton Slams Vettel As Fallout Turns Into Public Spat

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   (2012-07-23 00:00:00)

London: Formula One champion Sebastian Vettelís quest to win his home race went unfulfilled once again and he was demoted from second place to fifth for an illegal overtake on Jenson Button in a dramatic penultimate lap at the German Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton branded Vettel immature as tempers boiled over when the F1 champion was demoted for illegally overtaking at Hockenheim.

Earlier, the Red Bull racer waved an arm in frustration at Buttonís teammate as Hamilton tried to unlap himself and started mixing it with the race leaders.

ďItís a bit stupid to disturb the leaders. He was a lap down so I donít see the point. That potentially lost us the position to Jenson. That wasnít nice of him,Ē said Vettel.

He added: ďWhy was he trying to race us? If he wants to go fast he can drop back find a gap and go faster there.Ē

Hamilton was in no mood to concede the point. ďIt doesnít really bother me what he says. I guess. It shows his maturity.Ē


ďI donít think Iíve made any silly decisions throughout the race. I had nothing to gain apart from staying out of the way of my teammate. I never give up, so Iím not going to back off and let everyone past me when Iíve got the pace to go past the guy in front.Ē

Vettelís frustration was unleashed partly because he lost second place to Button by little more than a carís length as he roared out from his second stop.