Formula 1

Vettel angry with journalists: Why so excited about a Hamilton/Verstappen crash?

Sebastian Vettel has criticised journalists for baying over a possible Lewis Hamilton/Max Verstappen collision, saying that both drivers are showing their class on track.

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Sebastian Vettel has praised Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for keeping their racing clean on track so far this season, criticising journalists for asking so many questions about whether a collision is imminent.

Both Hamilton and Verstappen were asked about the possibility of a clash, in light of McLaren boss Zak Brown expressing his opinion that the pair will inevitably come together.

But Vettel wasn't impressed with the questioning. Sitting beside Verstappen in the Monaco press conference, the Aston Martin driver said journalists simply don't understand the fine margins between brilliance and disaster.

"One thing that you don't see, people outside, I think journalists don't seem to understand how close it is sometimes and how easily things can go wrong," Vettel told select members of the media, including

"Without having any intention, I think, nobody goes into an overtake, nobody wants to take the other car out or himself out, because the risk of getting it wrong is just so high.

"But, then, you want to get past sometimes or defend your position, and then you're playing with very little margins. And it's taking so little to get it wrong. But, so far, they've done really well."

Vettel went on to explain that he feels the focus should be on the skill of the two drivers, rather than focusing on the possibility of an explosive moment.

"I think it shows the class that they both have," he said.

"So I don't know, I don't see why you're so excited to wait for a crash, I think you should be so excited that they managed to race that closely and intensely without crashing.

"I think that's the skill, not crashing. So I know for you, it's more exciting when there's bits flying, but for us, I think we get a blast by managing to be right on the edge. And mastering that."