Mick Schumacher backs up claims on why Sebastian Vettel stormed out of F1 meeting

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SEBASTIAN VETTEL was fined after abruptly leaving an F1 drivers’ meeting and Mick Schumacher has admitted he ‘fully understands’ why the Aston Martin star left.

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Sebastian Vettel was hit with a €25,000 (£21,000) suspended fine after storming out of an F1 drivers’ meeting ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix but Mick Schumacher has his fellow driver’s back.

“Drivers at this level are role models for every driver around the world and in the opinion of the Stewards Vettel failed to live up to that standard in this case,” an F1 statement read.

“Subsequently Vettel had a meeting with the race director, who informed the stewards that Vettel apologised without reservation, and that further, they had a very constructive conversation covering the topics in the meeting and more.”

Sky Sports reporter Ted Kravitz later revealed that Vettel was left frustrated by the meeting going nowhere and Schumacher has admitted he ‘fully understands’ why Vettel walked, saying: “I just felt like we were going in circles with some of the things that were discussed.

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Mick Schumacher backs up claims on why Sebastian Vettel stormed out of F1 meeting

Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel (Image: GETTY)

“It kind of was getting longer than necessary. I fully understand the direction from Seb, and I think there were a lot more drivers who kind of felt the need to leave the briefing as well.”

Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, said Vettel was “a little frustrated with the back and forth”. He admitted: “I don’t want to speak for Seb, but sometimes we’ve got engineering to do.

“So I think sometimes if you’re going back and forth, and there’s always conversations, if it goes on long and without a definitive answer, then for sure some are like, ‘I gotta go.’

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Mick Schumacher backs up claims on why Sebastian Vettel stormed out of F1 meeting

Vettel was hit with a suspended fine for prematurely leaving a drivers’ meeting (Image: GETTY)

“Obviously Seb was a little frustrated with the back and forth. He obviously felt quite strongly about it.”

As Vettel’s fine is suspended, he will not have to pay it unless he commits a similar offence during the current F1 season. Most recently, the 35-year-old was fined €5,000 (£4,200) in April for riding a scooter on track at the Australian Grand Prix after his car’s engine failed during practice.

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