F1 » Vettel hit with time penalty

Sebastian Vettel drops from second to fifth after being given a post-race penalty in the German Grand Prix

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:19 PM

Actually, I don't think there would be a penalty at the beginning of the race given that there seems to be a certain leniency there.

As for Vettel's move, even if arguably he should have given the place back, the penalty seems way too harsh given the "offence" there.

He might have completed his move outside but well, someone forced him there...Maybe the FIA should make their mind faster and ask the driver to give his place back before issuing such penalties.

Being back to 5th given the good work he's done...Vettel hasn't cheated per se either. For me, I find it very harsh.

BTW, using caps doesn't make you look brighter, if anything that's rather the opposite...

Sid - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:20 PM

20 seconds seems fair as it's about the time a drive through would have taken. If I was in Vettel's boots I'd have convinced myself I wasn't able to back out of the move with only 1 more lap to go and hope it was seen as a racing incident. Lewis's disruption of the top three fight was definately team tactics.


July 22, 2012 5:28 PM

nanwaban. i fully agree. the penalty is harsh. seb was faster than button, and was on the outside with his wing actually in front of buttons. as they negotiated the corner side by side, button drifted to the white line, leaving nowhere for seb to go. so where could seb go to actually avoid leaning on button and incurring everybodys anger? he HAD to go off the track. i dont think that he gained anything other than avoiding being punted by button. a swop in position could have been an adequate response if a rule was actually broken.

Tom - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:29 PM

Totally agree the move was illegal, but 20 seconds seems OTT had it have been deemed illegal on track he wouldn't have got a drive thru, just told to give it back, he should've just been dropped back a place.

And to the guy above, red bull are cheating bastards? What are u even on about? Explain your reasoning for that comment....what a completely idiotic thing to say.

Disappointed for Hamilton as well hoped this was gonna be his year....

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