Vettel blames Verstappen for Suzuka collision

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Under braking, Vettel barged into the side of Verstappen's Red Bull before spinning round in a flurry of sparks.

"If I did that, I would have to describe Ferrari's auto and then the rest of the teams will understand some more things about it".

Vettel had such an excellent start, quick away from the lights and moving up three places in the first lap.

Indeed, the move smelt of desperation, and it marked Vettel's second mistake of the weekend, after he ran off track in qualifying, and his seventh of an error-prone campaign.

"If I did that, I would have to describe Ferrari's vehicle and then the rest of the teams will understand some more things about it", Whiting said recently.

Despite starting eighth, Ferrari driver Vettel climbed to fourth and attempted to go down the inside of Verstappen, who had already been issued a five-second time penalty for returning to the track unsafely and blocking Kimi Raikkonen after overrunning a chicane, at Spoon on lap eight.

The German is now 67 points behind Mercedes' victor Hamilton, who can clinch his fifth Formula One title at the next race in the United States with three rounds to spare.

Hamilton started from pole and held on to the position till the end of the race.

"I knew he had a penalty but I also felt that we were faster".

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Finland's Valtteri Bottas secured the Mercedes one-two with second place while Verstappen finished third.

Well, it has been quite a few races of Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari's decline in performance since Monza and Sebastian Vettel's dwindling title hopes have puzzled the F1 paddock, but in Italy the Scuderia's tumble is being linked to the passing of Sergio Marchionne.

When the safety auto went back to the pits, Vettel attacked Verstappen for third but ended up carrying too much speed and made light contact with the Red Bull.

Vettel tumbled down the order to 19th and while both were investigated by race stewards for the collision, no action was taken.

Lewis Hamilton joins Simon Lazenby and Anthony Davidson, as they review his race weekend from Suzuka.

"The gap was there", Vettel insisted after the race - but despite flaying Verstappen for the collision, replays suggested the Ferrari driver was to blame as his season continues to unravel. Hamilton's ninth win of the season leaves Ferrari reeling and their championship challenge in tatters after such a promising opening to their year.

The safety vehicle was deployed on lap five after Kevin Magnussen left debris on the track after clashing with Charles Leclerc, however when racing resumed on lap eight, Vettel's valiant efforts were promptly wasted.

"If I don't go for that gap and the gap was there then might as well stay at home". The Ferrari was mostly alongside entering the corner, only for the two to collide. It's not always right the other guy has to move.

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