Sebastian Vettel’s rollercoaster Malaysian Grand Prix weekend ended in bizarre fashion as he collided with Williams driver Lance Stroll after the checkered flag.
After starting last at Sepang on Sunday, Formula 1 title contender Vettel fought his way back up to fourth place at the finish, ensuring rival Lewis Hamilton only extended his championship lead by six points.
However, Vettel’s car was left with significant damage to its left-rear coming through the second sector at Sepang, with his wheel resting on the rear of his chassis.
Vettel was left fuming by Stroll’s antics, but the video replays made it unclear which driver was to blame. The stewards did confirm they would be investigating the clash in due course.
Vettel was forced to abandon his Ferrari on the track, hitching a lift on Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber to get back to the pits.
“Very bizarre with the shunt with the Williams. I think he was looking at his wheel,” Vettel told NBCSN after the race.
“I gave enough room. He made contact.”
Giving his side of the story, Stroll said: “I was just shutting off the car on my in lap. He came around the outside and touched me. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)