Mosley: Vettel’s behavior in clash with Hamilton ‘intolerable’

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Former FIA president Max Mosley believes that Sebastian Vettel’s behavior in his clash with Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was “intolerable”, adding that the German should have been excluded from the race as a result of the incident.

Vettel and Hamilton came to blows behind the safety car in Baku, with the Ferrari driver making a sideways swipe after believing he was brake-tested.

Vettel received an in-race stop/go penalty for making contact with Hamilton, but the matter will be re-examined by the FIA on Monday to see if further action is warranted.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mosley, who helped run F1 as FIA president between 1993 and 2009, made his feelings on Vettel’s move clear, believing he should have been punished much more harshly at the time.

“I will certainly not make friends with Ferrari but fact is fact: my recommendation would have been to take Vettel out of the race and bring the whole matter to the World Council to negotiate,” Mosley said.

“From my point of view, it is intolerable that you behave as Vettel has done.

“If he did that on the road he would lose his license.”

The incident helped stoke the rivalry between championship rivals Vettel and Hamilton, who are currently separated by 14 points at the top of the drivers’ standings.

Should Vettel be excluded from Azerbaijan and the drivers finishing below him move up a position, the pair would be tied on points with 12 races remaining this season.