The whole Sebastian Vettel/Lewis Hamilton clash at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is over and done with, and both drivers said what they needed to in the FIA press conference on Thursday.
So, F1’s moved on from it, and the Austrian GP weekend is well underway, with Vettel and Hamilton finishing the qualifying session P2 and P3.
The sport has brought in trackside post-qualifying interviews in recent races, and the super-enthusiastic Davide Valsecchi (ex-GP2 champion, now a commentator/pundit) conducted them in Austria.
Vettel and Hamilton were both interviewed and shared their thoughts on qualifying, but at the end, Valsecchi asked them to shake hands and they didn’t. It was a bit awkward, really.
Dear media, don't make up a story… completely unnecessary when the two shook hands beforehand… pic.twitter.com/YOHqj73GIR
— F1 Broadcasting (@f1broadcasting) July 8, 2017
Hamilton said they’d already shook hands earlier and F1 Broadcasting shared a clip of it on Twitter, so he obviously wasn’t keen on having to do it again, just because the cameras were there.
It’s understandable Valsecchi wanted the handshake for the TV viewers, but F1’s moved on from their Baku clash and it just caused a bit of a weird situation – when really, it wasn’t much of a big deal.