FIA to further probe Vettel’s clash with Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel faces further punishment over his clash with Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan GP after Formula 1’s governing body decided to hold a new investigation into the incident.

The FIA announced on Wednesday that the controversial clash in Baku on Sunday between the championship rivals would be “further examined” on Monday “to evaluate whether further action is necessary”.

Any decision made will be announced before the Austrian GP, which takes place on July 7-9.

World championship leader Vettel was slapped with a 10-second stop-go penalty during the race and three penalty points on his race licence after race stewards judged that he had “steered into” Hamilton’s Mercedes just seconds after crashing his Ferrari into the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes as they prepared to restart the race after a Safety Car.

The German accused Hamilton of “brake-testing” him, but officials cleared the Briton of any wrongdoing after examining the data.

Despite being punished during the race, FIA regulations allow officials to hold further investigations should president Jean Todt feel it is necessary.

Vettel finished one place ahead of Hamilton in fourth in Azerbaijan, increasing his championship lead to 14 points, after the Briton had to pit to fix a loose headrest.