Sebastian Vettel apologised for taking Jenson Button out of the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver lost control of his car while trying to pass the McLaren and crashed into Button’s sidepod. Button had to retire immediately afterwards.
Vettel said he didn’t mean to hit Button:
I’m sorry, obviously it was not my intention to destroy his race or mine.
I was close – I was faster than him and I knew it would be close with Robert behind us.
I tried to outbrake him on the outside. When I changed from the inside to the outside I lost it under braking over the bump and crashed into him.
That meant the end of my race and also the end of his race.
Vettel was handed a drive-through penalty for causing an avoidable accident. Afterwards he had another collision with Vitantonio Liuzzi. He said:
The car wasn’t perfect after the incident with Jenson. Then we went out again, I had the penalty, and looking back, with the rain, in the end we could have got decent points.
Unfortunately with Vitantonio, I was already passed him and he destroyed my left rear tyre. I had a puncture and had to drive all the way to come back into the pits.
Vettel eventually finished 15th, out of the points.
2010 Belgian Grand Prix