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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July 22, 2012 5:29 PM
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I think he should have been given just five seconds to reverse the position with Button, but I understand the reasons for the twenty seconds, it should send out a message providing the stewards behave consistently.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:30 PM

As others have said - he should have given back the position to Button - but to give a 20sec penalty is too severe The stewards are not consistant with the penalties for any one offence which is not too clever.
Good to see the move made by Kimi on DiResta - a case of "education"

ichanfx - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:33 PM

Typical arrogant and childish driver, he said no advantage on painted track area? He always think that what he does is always the right thing. Shame on you!

5th place? you deserved it kid..

yes you are more clever than the steward, cheers.

Skid Carrera - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:36 PM

Richard, you're wrong. Vettel had one other option: to lift off and follow Button down the straight. He chose not to do that, and accelerated off the track to make the pass. Not allowed=penalty. Simples.

ignigena - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:39 PM

I don't think that 20 sec is enough, but it's not his fault I suspect in this kind of circumstances the pilots have specific instructions to don't do or say anything over the radio in case you have doubts about what to do. That way is the team and not the pilot the ones that take the decision about if it's worth the risk. IMO he should have a 5 sec penalty and the team should not add a single one of Vettel's points for the construction team. That would send a pretty clear message.

sokudo - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:44 PM

Rules state you can't leave the track to gain an advantage. There was a big thing about this last year in Australia when Vettel seemingly did the same thing, and oddly enough against the same driver! Vettel left the track to pass Button. Had he not, he would have had to lift off the throttle and stay behind Button. Simple decision really. 20 seconds may seem harsh but it's the rule. Vettel couldn't be given a drive-through so he got the timed equivalent added on after the race.

Darzetboy - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 5:44 PM

Button was on the racing line, and went to the outside of the track as per the rules. Vettel should not have gone off the trck, but backed off,. If it were a street circuit, and there was a wall, he would have had too. He was trying it on for sure.


July 22, 2012 5:46 PM

Correct decision here, Although a simple position swap would've been likely a bit more fair.
Glad to see the arrogance of Horner getting chipped at after their "technicality" this morning and his post race interview trying to defend the indefensible.

Never mind well done Jense, Lewis..alarm bells are starting to ring mate!!!

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