Lewis Hamilton accepts Sebastian Vettel apology but says FIA should explain decision not to punish his title rival for clash at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Hamilton said Vettel had apologised for his move by text message (Source: Getty)

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has declared a fragile truce with title rival Sebastian Vettel but insists Formula One chiefs have questions to answer over their reluctance to punish the German.

Hamilton revealed on Thursday that he had accepted a direct apology from Vettel for deliberately steering into his Mercedes during a bust-up at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix 11 days ago.

“We spoke after the race on Monday and he messaged me the day after,” Hamilton said.

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“There wasn’t actually an apology in the conversation we had, even if that was maybe the intention. The next day when we were texting there was an apology and I did accept it.”

Vettel, who received a 10-second penalty during the race, escaped without further punishment after being summoned to explain his behaviour to world governing body president Jean Todt earlier this week.

“Interesting results from the FIA decision but there is nothing I can do about that,” said Hamilton, who added that Todt should have faced the media ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

“He is the FIA president and it would have been great to hear his opinion and for you to ask him questions.”

Four-time champion Vettel, who leads Hamilton by 14 points, said: “Am I proud of the moment? No. Can I take it back? No. Do l regret it? Yes.”

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