The Mexican Grand Prix’s incident that prompted Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to tell the race director, Charlie Whiting, to #### off also prompted a pile-on from Red Bull’s Helmut Marko who suggested that it was very poor behavior and not becoming a 4-time champion.
That may be true and it was Red Bull who lodged the complaint that garnered a 10-second penalty on Vettel and lost him the third place he had been given due to a penalty on Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. However, Ferrari’s boss, Maurizio Arrivabene, isn’t taking any guff from Red Bull:
“I’m not taking lessons of education from Helmut Marko, and anybody else.”
I’m also slightly surprised how AUTOSPORT is printing the actual offensive word in their stories lately…oooo…edgy. If memory serves, this is the second article I’ve read from them that dropped the F bomb…quoting of course.
Arrivabene did do a good job of calming Vettel down on the radio as a team boss should do and I commend him for that. When asked about it, he said:
“We talked together, me and Sebastian, and I don’t have to tell in public what I’m doing with the driver,” Arrivabene added.
“He excused himself [to Whiting] and I’m sure it’s not going to happen again.”
Fair enough. Sebastian wrote a formal apology and the FIa have moved on. The war between Red Bull and Ferrari may not have. Next up..Brazil!
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT