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Niki Lauda blames Sebastian Vettel for Singapore crash

Niki Lauda joins scores of fans and insiders who blame Sebastian Vettel for putting his championship hopes in tatters in Singapore.

Niki Lauda has joined scores of fans and insiders who blame Sebastian Vettel for putting his championship hopes in tatters in Singapore.

On Twitter, the Maranello team lashed out at Max Verstappen for Sunday's first-corner crash, while boss Maurizio Arrivabene said that it was "clearly" the Red Bull driver's fault.

However, Formula 1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Lauda told Osterreich: "It was clearly Sebastian's fault.

"I don't know why he would risk so much at this important stage of the world championship."

Lauda also told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "If that had happened in my time, we would have walked back to Maranello."

Why German Vettel was not punished by the stewards for causing the crash, meanwhile, is another matter.

Jos Verstappen, Max's father, told he sensed a "political" reason.

"If [the FIA] gave him a real punishment, the championship would be over."

Spanish newspaper Marca quoted Mark Webber as saying that the stewards not punishing Vettel was "a joke".

"I think sometimes Seb forgets where the back of his car is," said Vettel's former Red Bull teammate.

The season continues next weekend with the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Niki Lauda watches the action during final practice ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 7, 2014
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
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