There were even suggestions Vettel could sit out the upcoming F1 Brazilian GP next weekend for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Immediately after the race, Vettel remained on the verbal offensive.
“I do not understand why you try to push me into a corner by asking this question,” Vettel said when asked if he had cast a negative light on F1.
Told that his behavior was a bad example for children, Vettel insisted, “Do you think I think about kids when I race? No, I drive my race. Do you think the kids are thinking about me when they drive their races? No, they drive their races.”
When asked what he said to Whiting when he met with the British official in Mexico, Vettel told the reporter: “This does not concern you.”
Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was slightly more willing to answer, having told Vettel to “calm down” during the radio rant.
“We talked together, me and Sebastian, and that’s it,” the Ferrari team boss said. “I don’t have to tell in public what I am doing with the drivers. He excused himself (to Whiting), and I’m sure it is not going to happen again.”
Still, the criticism of Vettel has been intense.
“I understand perfectly when you have that adrenaline and you’re in the heat of the moment,” said former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos. “But you cannot insult and cuss Charlie Whiting and Max like that. That doesn’t fit with the sport,” the Dutchman told Ziggo Sport Totaal broadcaster.
Also critical of Vettel was one of his former bosses at Red Bull, Dr. Helmut Marko, but Arrivabene suggested the Austrian should focus on his current drivers.
“Everyone should look a little more on themselves,” Arrivabene said. “I do not like this pointing the fingers at others. I don’t need lessons, not from Helmut Marko or anyone else.”