ITV-F1 website has a story on it here:
To be perfectly honest I see nothing wrong with Lewis' driving there, and frankly I thought his driving behind the safety car at the start of the race was much more warrenting of some sort of penalty.
At the end of the day Lewis is behind the safety car, and (from the angle in that YT clip) it looks like Lewis slows behind the SC (which looks like it too slows down), webber then slows, as does vettel but not by enough.
Quoting from the ITV story:
Vettel said at the time that he had hit Webber while distracted by Hamilton slowing unexpectedly.
“I was exiting turn 13 and looking at Lewis, because all of a sudden he seemed to slow down really much and I thought he had a problem at that stage," Vettel told ITV Sport's Louise Goodman in Japan.
“And by the time I was looking back to the front I was already crashing into Mark’s rear end.”
Well frankly that's passing the buck a bit, If Lewis slows down then surely the cars behind should slow down (like Webber did) why did Vettel just start rubber necking like people passing a motorway collision?
"It definitely contributed to Sebastian hitting me up the back that we were confused at what the other car was doing because he wasn’t doing what you are supposed to do," Webber said.
"I think he did a s*** job behind the safety car.
So what then is Lewis supposed to do? Pass the safety car cause it slowed down? At the end of the day if Mark Webber was unsure as to lewis' driving due to supposed erratic braking behaviour then you should act as you would on the road - slow down and increase the gap between yourself and the berk infront. The fact that Mark didn't do this, while under the safety car shows that he, at the time saw nothing wrong with Lewis driving (otherwise you'd back off to protect your only chance this season of a podium!) and these comments from MW & SV can surely only be a PR thing to divert attention from the fact that SV cocked up.
I'm not blaming anybody here...just saying that I see (from tht clip) nothing wrong with LH's driving (Montoya @ Monaco when Schumi hit him in the tunnel was much worse for a start), I see that Mark did the correct thing in slowing down, and that Vettel made a mistake - big deal we all make mistakes.
What I dont like is Mark's "He did a --- job" - well if you are worried about the driver's dri9ving, back off and wait till your racing competatively before going so close again, what benifit was there for mark to be so close to LH if he REALLY did think Hamilton was driving erratically. And as far as Vettel's concerned, when you learn to drive you also learn to read the road both in the long distance and short distance, what on earth was he staring only at lewis car for?
Silence is golden when you don't know a good answer.