Sebastian Vettel snubs Mercedes `PR` stunt
Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel on Thursday turned down an offer from rival Mercedes to visit their garage at the Malaysian Grand Prix, dismissing it as a PR stunt.
Sepang: Ferrari`s Sebastian Vettel on Thursday turned down an offer from rival Mercedes to visit their garage at the Malaysian Grand Prix, dismissing it as a PR stunt.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg made the offer after the pair clashed during the winners` press conference following the season`s first race in Australia.
But Vettel said the initiative was a thinly veiled public relations exercise.
"Now they use it as a PR thing... so the answer is `no`," he told reporters at Malaysia`s Sepang circuit.
"I think I`m pretty busy here, so I`m better off staying here," Vettel added.
Rosberg`s offer came after a tasty exchange in Melbourne, in which Vettel mocked his fellow German`s insistence that runaway Mercedes would welcome greater competition.
"So, you hope you slow down, is that what you`re saying?" Vettel shot back at the time.
On Thursday, he insisted he was better off spending time in Ferrari`s garage rather than posing for the cameras with Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
"Imagine if I go there, do you think they would really open up? If I go, I think it`s all staged," Vettel said.
He added: "There`s always something you can learn from other people but I think we have a lot of intelligence in our team."
The four-time world champion finished third in Australia on his debut drive for Ferrari, some distance behind the Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Rosberg.