Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has apologized following Formula 1 governing body FIA sent a private and friendly letter to all teams and communications directors (specially Vettel and Raikkonen) over using offensive language in the media talks and governing body remain it’s not acceptable.
Following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, race winner Kimi Raikkonen, second podium holder Fernando Alonso and final podium place champ Sebastian Vettel was attended in podium interview with David Coulthard, during Q&A pleased Vettel said there was “obviously a chance to f*** it up and we didn’t do that.”
Yas Marian podium winner Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen also swore when interviewed by David Coulthard. After the FIA’s warning, Sebastian Vettel has apologized.
“I’m terribly sorry for using the wrong word on the podium and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone who was watching,” said the 25-year-old. In the heat of the moment, I didn’t use the right words and I apologise. I’ll do it better next time.”
David Coulthard apologized to television viewers afterwards, reminding them that neither driver had been speaking in his mother tongue. The FIA letter said the governing body understood that “in the ‘heat of battle’, adrenaline, elation and disappointment make for a dangerous and heady mix.
“But F1 drivers are not the only ones being interviewed in such conditions: I think of boxers, rugby and football players who are routinely interviewed live on television after a gruelling sporting effort. They manage to avoid inappropriate language.”