Sebastian Vettel is off the hook after making a series of apologies to Charlie Whiting and the FIA.
F1’s governing body had been looking into the tirade of expletives blasted by the Ferrari driver during the Mexican grand prix, including telling race director Whiting to “f— off”.
“He did say sorry,” Whiting told the Daily Mail.
“He was quite robust about finding me and apologising. Given he has done that I’m not too hung up on it personally, but it remains to be seen how my boss may wish to pursue the matter.”
Indeed, Whiting’s boss is FIA president Jean Todt, who admitted that after Mexico, an investigation into Vettel’s behaviour took place.
But in a media statement, the FIA announced that Vettel “apologised profusely” in writing to Todt, and also revealed that the quadruple world champion would “be contacting” Max Verstappen after calling the young Dutchman a “c—“.
And so, the FIA decided not to take action against Vettel.
“At the recent Mexican Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel made comments over team radio using repeated foul language directed at both the FIA Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting and a fellow competitor which were retransmitted during the live broadcast of the event.” FIA statement read.
“Immediately following this incident, Sebastian Vettel spontaneously sought out Charlie Whiting to express his regrets for his behaviour in person. He then, again on his own initiative, sent letters to each of the FIA President Jean Todt and Charlie Whiting, in which he apologised profusely for his actions. He also indicated that he would likewise be contacting Max Verstappen and vowed that such an incident would never occur again.”
“In the light of this sincere apology and strong commitment, the FIA President has decided, on an exceptional basis, not to take disciplinary action against Mr Vettel by bringing this matter before the FIA International Tribunal.”
“The FIA will always condemn the use of offensive language in motor sport – especially when directed at officials and/or fellow participants – and expects all participants in its Championships to be respectful and mindful of the example they set for the public and the younger generation in particular.”
“The FIA takes this opportunity to advise that, in the event of any future incident similar to the one that occurred in Mexico, disciplinary action will be taken by bringing such incident before the FIA International Tribunal to be judged.”
The Four-time world champion is enduring a tough time at Ferrari, failing to win a race so far this season with only two of 21 rounds remaining.