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Sebastian Vettel has finally given his full account of the Singapore GP crash ahead of Malaysia

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The Singapore Grand Prix has dominated the narrative in Formula One over recent weeks.

A crash involving Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the first lap sparked mayhem, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen coming in for a lot of criticism for his reckless driving.

With Vettel ruled out so quickly, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton achieved victory, making him the favourite to lift the Driver's Championship yet again.

Vettel is still his closest rival for the award but he is now 28 points behind the British driver and he simply must win in Malaysia.

There is still some mystery surrounding the events in Singapore, particularly when Vettel refused to give his account despite Hamilton ridiculing him for his driving.

On the Jonathan Ross show, the Mercedes man said: "It is great to have seen some of the weaknesses come through this year and I'm grateful for this recent one."

Vettel did respond by saying: "Accidents at the start happen. The way that happened can happen to anyone. If he can avoid that, good for him."

And, after responding to his bitter rival, Vettel finally revealed his account of what happened in Singapore while talking with Sky Sports F1 in Sepang.

"I saw Max initially getting off the line quicker than me. I found the grip again focusing on the traction and squeezed him a bit to the left, which l think is completely normal for the guy on pole to do, to make it a bit less attractive for him into turn one," he explained.

"I then got a hit from the side from Kimi which l didn't understand at all. From what l saw at the start and what l saw in the mirrors, l won't be [changing his approach]. It was just one of those things."

So, there you have it, Vettel clearly won't be altering his successful driving style anytime soon.

The Ferrari team now face the biggest race of their season in Malaysia and a victory would put them right back in the race.

Despite initial fears, Raikkonen shouldn't miss the race in what is set to be an enthralling contest.

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