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Vettel penalised in German GP

2012-07-22 18:39

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was demoted from second to fifth in his home German Grand Prix for leaving the track while overtaking McLaren's Jenson Button on the penultimate lap.

Stewards imposed a 20 second penalty to the Red Bull driver's total race time, which promoted McLaren's Button to second and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to third.

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Vettel, who has yet to win his home Grand Prix and indeed any race in July, went wide as he and the McLaren ace went through a corner side by side.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso dominated the race from pole position

Results from the German Grand Prix:
Race results
Qualifying results
Third practice
Second practice
First practice

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Comments
  • james.rossouw - 2012-07-22 21:52

    The spirit of that rule is taking a shortcut like a Chicane. Seb got screwed.

      kevin.grinaker - 2012-07-22 23:53

      If you watch the race for the last 16 or so laps, you will see Vettel running all four wheels off the track on the exit of many of those curves. That is against the rules. Alonso and Button did not do it and suffered the extra wear to their tyres. Vettel broke that rule at least 20 times, and that is why he was able to catch Button, as his tyres were not as worn because of these illegal acts. He got less than what he deserves, in my humble opinion.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-07-23 09:27

      There have to be rules in any sport because if there aren't, things go totally haywire. Imagine a rugby match without a ref? And one of the rules of F1, for very good reasons, is that the track is a defined area for the racers to race on. Drivers know these rules and know they have to abide by them. Vettel saying he didn't know where Jenson was is utter crap. He was right alongside him. Vettel knowingly broke the rules. And the rules say '20 seconds penalty.' No debate. Take it on the chin Seb and move on.

  • danielcisco - 2012-07-23 07:01

    20 seconds penalty was to much. It should have been 10 seconds and nothing less. Truly a bad call.

  • cobus123456 - 2012-07-23 08:37

    There is no this or that would have been better the rule states 20 sec penalty he broke the rule and that's it.

  • Richard - 2012-07-23 08:49

    in my opinion Vettel should have only been demoted to third by relinquishing his second position he gained by an illegal overtake. The stewards call the shots, not us...even though we may not always agree with their decisions! @ Kevin, the stewards obviously didnt see Vettel gain any performance by running wide on that particular corner as he didnt do it every lap. i do agree that it would have saved tyre life fractionally and given him the smallest time advantage. But if he was to be penalised for running wide then a lot of other drivers would also have had to be penalised when they ran wide at other corners, including that particular one. In the end racing won and at least it wasnt as boring as other races.

      nbasson - 2012-07-23 16:45

      Dropping him back to second won't serve as enough of a deterrent for him to not try it again (it doesn't punish him) so it won't really be considered a penalty.

  • paul.john.790256 - 2012-07-23 08:51

    Button is a bloody cry baby... It is actually more embarrassing to be overtaken around the outside. Vettel got screwed.

  • pieter.k.lubbe - 2012-07-23 11:39

    Dankie! Dit is net regverdig, bly op die baan volgende keer ou maat!!! (of sak terug...)

  • Dayne Govender - 2012-07-23 12:34

    What if there was no run off area. Or a wall along the white line, eg. Monaco. Vettel would have had fall behind Button, or try from the inside. The track is defined by the two white lines. Vettel deserved the penalty

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-24 09:26

      Vettle was giving space to Button and next time he will not give button and room and if they crash then they crash, when two cars run next to one another in a corner then one of them has to give the other room and normally it is the guy on the inside and in this case button did not do this and he forced Vettel off.NOt Vettels fault.

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