Austrian GP

Hamilton rejects Vettel handshake for TV

Austria Grand Prix: Below we added the video the moment Lewis Hamilton refuses a request to make a public show of settlement with title rival Sebastian Vettel after qualifying in Austria.

The champions shook hands immediately after Saturday’s shootout off-camera, Hamilton snubbed an invitation to make a public handshake with Vettel when asked by Sky Italia’s Davide Valsecchi, following Hamilton pretended not to understand then to call Bottas to follow him.

“It was the story going into the weekend – was this resolved? Was it all water under the bridge?,” pondered Sky F1’s Damon Hill.

“You’d expect Lewis to be able to say it’s done and he’s satisfied Sebastian has apologised. I understand him not wanting to be forced into a handshake in public like that. I think he wants to do it in his own way in his own time.”

Asked by Sky Sports News HQ’s Craig Slater if he needed Bottas to hold off Vettel from a championship perspective, Hamilton replied: “If Vettel wins the race, it will continue the lucky streak he is on.”

Vettel, meanwhile, said he had not been concerned by Hamilton’s grid penalty.

“You need to do your best in qualifying. It’s always better the higher up you start,” he said.

“It is irrelevant what happens to other people or yourself. It’s a shame he has the penalty, I’m sure he’s not happy about it, but you still have to do your job and try to qualify as good as possible.”


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