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Vettel survives post-race scare to keep Malaysian victory

Sebastian Vettel found himself hauled up before FIA race stewards in the wake of his superb Malaysian Grand Prix victory for a yellow flag indiscretion in Sepang - but happily for the Red Bull Racing star, no further action was deemed necessary
Having finally broken his F1 2010 duck with a superb lights-to-flag victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, Sebastian Vettel was then subjected to a post-race scare when he was summoned to the stewards' office for a yellow flag indiscretion.

It emerged that Vettel had illegally passed the ailing Lotus of Jarno Trulli in the closing stages of the race in Kuala Lumpur whilst yellow flags were waving for Fernando Alonso's stationary and smoking Ferrari near to Turn Four, bringing the young German's driving to the attention of FIA stewards, including popular former grand prix-winner Johnny Herbert. However, it was ultimately agreed that no further action was required.

'Having received a report from the Race Director (Charlie Whiting) that Car 5 Sebastian Vettel overtook Car 18 Jarno Trulli whilst yellow flags were displayed at the approach to Turn Four, the stewards, having viewed video and telemetry evidence and heard evidence from the driver and team representative, find that the driver did breach Article b) of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code,' read an official statement.

'However, the stewards, having noted that the driver made a very large reduction in speed through the yellow flag area and that he understood that Car 18 was slowing with an obvious problem, decide in accordance with Article 16.2 a) of the Formula One Sporting Regulations to impose no penalty.'

Vettel's triumph and a one-two for Red Bull Racing in Malaysia have vaulted driver and team alike firmly into title contention, after the Heppenheim native had looked odds-on to mount the top step of the podium in Bahrain and Australia last month only to be frustratingly denied by reliability issues on both occasions.

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April 05, 2010 1:07 PM

the lotus was lapping twenty seconds slower than the leaders. do people expect that everyone would have to que up behind the lotus, and drive at slow speed to the flag? what is stupid, is the fact that the lotus was allowed to trundle around at such a slow speed, with a blowing engine. it should have been black flagged. also, didnt webber, rosberg and kubica also pass the lotus? certainly, webber did! but yes, the stewards make a sensible decision, but we must also give seb some credit, he slowed down considerably, not knowing what to do. brundle thought that he was just being generous to lotus.

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