Singapore Grand Prix ace stewards have concluded that there was ‘no driver was predominantly to blame’ for the collision between Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen and no further action has been taken.
The victim – Verstappen found himself jammed between pole-sitter Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Raikkonen just after five-red lights out at Marina Bay.
The slow starter – German, who appeared not to know his teammate Raikkonen was on inside, moved across the track for defense against Verstappen, forcing the Red Bull driver into the No.7 Ferrari’s car.
That collision caused Raikkonen to spin across Verstappen and into Vettel. Raikkonen and Verstappen then collided again on the run down to Turn 1, causing both to retire.
While Vettel tried to continue, but the damage sustained led a big fluid leak, causing him to lose all control on the slippery surface and lose a front wing when he went slamming into the wall.
The FIA statement on the incident read as follows: ‘The Stewards examined video evidence and heard from Sebastian Vettel, the driver of Car 5, Kimi Raikkonen, the driver of Car 7, Max Verstappen, the driver of Car 33 and the team representatives.
‘Driver of Car 7 had a very good start and was able to attempt overtaking of Car 33 on the left-hand side. At the same time, Car 5 which had a slower start, moved to the left-hand side of the track; Car 33 and Car 7 then collided resulting in a chain collision with Car 5 and ultimately Car 14 (Fernando Alonso) at the next turn. Cars 7, 5 and 33 had to retire immediately as a result of the incident; and Car 14 retired some laps thereafter.
‘The Stewards consider that no driver was found to have been wholly or predominantly to blame for the incident and will therefore take no further action.’