Sebastian Vettel has been questioning Valterri Bottas’s start at last weekends Austrian Grand Prix. The world championship leader believes Bottas jumped the start.
At the race, Bottas got the jump on the field, and had a comfortable gap going into turn one. He went on to win his second career race, once again withstanding pressure from Vettel at the end.
His start was noted by the stewards, but no further action was taken. It was declared that Bottas had a reaction time of 0.201 seconds.
However, replays showed Bottas beginning to roll forwards when the lights were red. The FIA said however that this was within their tolerance. The tolerance existing so drivers can make adjustments to their clutch before the race start.
After hearing the Finns reaction time, Sebastian responded with this;
“Hmm, I don’t believe that. First of all, to clarify, I don’t want to take anything away from Valtteri, he drove an excellent race, didn’t make a mistake with a difficult car. When I said I don’t believe it, it’s because I don’t believe it.”
“Normally reaction times are around 0.2s for everyone, I don’t think everyone was that much slower today, that’s why I don’t believe Valtteri was that much quicker.”
“I can’t imagine his reaction time was 0.2s, that would be normal, in my point of view his reaction was unhuman, but he said earlier he’s not human – he’s Finnish!”
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