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Vettel handed penalty

Sebastian Vettel drops from second to fifth after being given a post-race penalty in the German Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel has been stripped of his podium finish in the German Grand Prix after being hit with a time penalty for his his move on Jenson Button in the closing stages.

The Red Bull driver took second on the penultimate lap with a move around the outside into the hairpin but ran off track on the exit of the corner in order to make the move stick.

Button was clearly angered by the move on the team radio, with McLaren appealing to the stewards about the manner in which Vettel had taken the position.

Having looked at the incident, the stewards have elected to give Vettel a post-race drive-through penalty which will see 20 seconds added to his finishing time.

As a result, Vettel drops from second to fifth in the final standings, with Kimi Raikkonen promoted onto the podium.

"Car 1 left the track and gained an advantage when he rejoined. Breach of article 20.2 of the FIA Formula 1 sporting regulations," the statement from the stewards read. "Drive-through penalty, imposed after the race in accordance with article 16.3 (20 seconds added to the elapsed race time)."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner had insisted after the race that what happened on track was a 'racing incident' while McLaren counterpart Martin Whitmarsh refused to comment other than to say 'there is no point in me giving my view as I suspect you know what it is'.




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