Sebastian Vettel has revealed that he got drunk the evening before his FIA hearing in Paris for his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Vettel, then driving for Ferrari, had felt aggrieved by Hamilton slowing down at the apex of a corner while under the Safety Car, and drew alongside him before swerving to the right to bang wheels with the Mercedes.
It was one of that season's most controversial moments, with Vettel summoned before the FIA in Paris. After a lengthy hearing and a public apology from Vettel, the four-time World Champion escaped any further sanction beyond the three penalty points the stewards had imposed for the incident.
Vettel revealed this week that he got drunk the evening before the hearing, as he intended to celebrate his 30th birthday, with the birthday itself happening on the day he faced the inquiry.
"[My] 30th, because I had lots of friends there," Vettel replied, when asked by Mick Schumacher about his best birthday in a special video for Formula1.com. "We had a good party. I don't celebrate my birthday normally, but 30, I thought, 'Special occasion'.
"I got in a really good mood, if you see what I mean. And the next day I had the hearing at the FIA in Paris, because of the Baku incident. You know, when I drove into Lewis, because I was angry that he stopped, blah blah blah..."
Vettel also revealed that he's been mistaken by fans for former teammate Daniel Ricciardo, as well as being 'starstruck' by his wife, and Mick's father, Michael Schumacher.
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