Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has apologised to Jenson Button after taking him out of the F1 2010 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Vettel had a dismal afternoon, crashing into Button, while the two were battling for second. The incident occurred on lap 15, when Vettel lost it just before the bus stop while trying to gain the inside line. The German then speared into the right-hand side of the Englishman's MP4-25 damaging its radiators. Button retired on the spot, crawling into retirement with a radiator removed and drive lost.
Although Vettel could continue, he had to stop for a new nose and he was later given a drive-thru' penalty for causing an avoidable accident.
He also had another incident with Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi just passed the halfway mark, before eventually bringing his Renault-powered RB6 home in 15th, 1 lap down.
“What happened, happened and we can't change it now,” Vettel said. “Obviously I'm not proud of it, I lost the car going over the bump as I was braking and unfortunately hit Jenson, so he couldn't continue.
“I'm sorry for him. It was not my intention to destroy his race or mine. We'll have to see what we can do at the next races.”
Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner meanwhile agreed it was a race to forget for the 23-year-old.
“Unfortunately everything that could happen today did happen for Sebastian. He got pushed on to the grass on the first lap and then when he was coming back through the field was racing with Jenson.
“I think Jenson took him by surprise with how early he braked for the bus-stop and trying to avoid him Sebastian got into a bit of a moment and collected Jenson. He was then unlucky with Liuzzi, so not a great weekend for Sebastian,” Horner summed-up.