Sebastian Vettel has come under fire from McLaren’s Jenson Button and Martin Whitmarsh after the accident he caused with Button during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Button believes Vettel may have knocked himself out of contention for the F1 title, while Whitmarsh labelled the 23-year-old Red Bull driver a “crash kid”.
“He’s made too many mistakes to fight for the world championship but he is extremely quick, we can’t take that away from him,” Button said.
Vettel crashed into Button while trying to overtake the British driver at the Bus Stop chicane in difficult conditions.
The incident eliminated Button from the race and earned Vettel a drive through penalty for “causing an avoidable incident”.
Vettel apologised for the incident after the race, saying he had been caught out by Button braking earlier than he had expected because of damp conditions on the track.