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Domenicali: Vettel isn't a dirty driver

Stefano Domenicali says he doesn't think Sebastian Vettel is a dirty driver despite Monza penalty
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has defended Sebastian Vettel as a 'firm but fair driver' despite insisting that the decision to give German a drive-through at Monza was correct.

Vettel was handed the penalty by race stewards after forcing Alonso onto the grass at the Curva Grande in a battle that was almost a carbon copy of twelve months earlier – albeit with the roles reversed.

The drive-through penalty knocked Vettel out of contention before he was ultimately forced to retire, while Alonso continued to finish third, despite his car sustaining damage in the trip across the grass.

Speaking to the Ferrari website, Domenicali said he was sure that Vettel wasn't trying to wreck Alonso's race with his move but insisted that the penalty handed out was the correct one

“It was a hard battle and I believe the Stewards' decision was right, above all given the clarification that was given out by the FIA after the last Bahrain Grand Prix,” he said. “I'm also sure that Sebastian didn't have any intention of jeopardising Fernando's race: the German is a driver who is firm but fair.”



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Frank - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 2:26 PM

Hi, Domenicali refers to the wrong rule: Whiting said that "any driver defending his position on a straight and before any braking area may use the full width of the track during his first move provided no significant portion of the car attempting to pass is alongside his. Whilst defending in this way the driver may not leave the track without justifiable reason." So Alonsos problem is he started his overtaking too early that means: in a turn. Therefore Vettel did not do anything wrong. The new rule only applies for Straights and breaking areas - not for turns. But he should have known that there were 2 Italian, one Spanish and only one German steward. So the result was 3:1 Domenicali is clever because it is easy being generous after your trick worked out fine

Oli - Unregistered

September 11, 2012 4:41 PM

2/2 one of the best races the sport has ever seen. And the other thing I can't stand, is drivers coming on the radio and screaming for a penalty the whole time. That's like going down in the six yard box and rolling around holding your shin. F1 is becoming a pretty boy sport like football. Oli



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