Sebastian Vettel has apologised to Sergio Perez after his collision with the Mexican in the closing stages of second practice in Bahrain.
Vettel was leaving the pits when he suffered a brake problem, causing him to tag the rear of Perez’s Force India into Turn 1, breaking the front wing of the Ferrari and prompting caused a brief red flag period.
The pair were investigated after the session but were cleared of any wrongdoing by the stewards.
“I came out of the garage and had a problem,” Vettel said. “I hit the brakes but suddenly there was a blow and I couldn’t brake properly.
“Therefore I hit Sergio Perez in the corner. Of course I’m sorry, but I couldn’t do anything else in that moment. I was looking for Sergio to say sorry, but he was still sitting in the car.”
Vettel ended the opening day of running in Sakhir fourth on the timesheets, but had been set for a quicker time when he ran wide at the final corner on his flying lap.
“My fast lap was not perfect, but everything in the car feels good,” he explained. “Of course tonight it was quite different from this afternoon, as it was much colder.
“It’s hard to say if we got closer to Mercedes, everybody seemed to be closer to them but I’m sure they didn’t show everything today.”
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