The tenth running of the Singapore Grand Prix will be remembered as the race that cost Sebastian Vettel a fifth World Championship title and delivered the season’s most controversial – and stupid – tweet.

After Kimi Räikkönen, Max Verstappen and Vettel collided on the run into Turn 1 and crashed out of the race, the stewards ruled no one driver was “wholly or predominantly to blame” and called it exactly what it was: a racing incident.

While the Ferrari duo remained tight-lipped about the incident following their early departure, some genius in the Ferrari garage with access to the team’s official social media accounts tweeted this:

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner was not impressed with the Maranello outfit’s take on events.

“How on earth you can work that out from watching that, I have no idea,” Horner said. “Anyone who can blame Verstappen out of that needs their eyes tested.”

Never one to take the high road and admit when they’re wrong, the Scuderia then arrogantly defended their earlier hubristic tweet by declaring:

This is despite reports the original tweet was not posted by their head of communications, but “by someone else in the garage and wasn’t officially endorsed by Ferrari”.

It begs the question why they didn’t just sheepishly delete the original offending tweet and pretend it never happened, like so many other high-profile users on Twitter regularly do.

What happened on Sunday was “an unfortunate day for Ferrari”, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene reflected before leaving the circuit. But it also became a very sad day for Ferrari when they laid blame on the completely innocent to justify the over-ambitious actions of their two drivers.

Vettel and Räikkönen, with five world championships between them, should have gained valuable points for the team and ensured a thrilling and nail biting end to the 2017 season. But instead they chose to gift-wrap Mercedes the World Drivers’ Championship and the Constructors’ Championship for yet another year.

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