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2012-07-24 10:26

MARKO CLAIMES FIA USE DOUBLE STANDARDS: Red bull racing consultant Helmut Marko accused FIA of wrongfully demoting Vettel at Hockenheim.


2012 German Grand Prix

2012-07-22 16:57

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso raced to victory despite dogged pursuit from rivals Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button at the German Grand Prix.

Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull's motor racing consultant, has accused the FIA of sometimes using a "double standard" when it comes to giving penalties.

Sebastian Vettel was demoted from second at the flag to fifth in the classification after passing Jenson Button while off the circuit at Hockenheim on Sunday.


Marko insists his driver did nothing wrong. "The whole situation was triggered by Button, who left Sebastian no room and pushed him out," he said. "Sebastian had to move out to avoid a collision."

Many experts compared Vettel's move to Nico Rosberg's overtaking antics in Bahrain, for which the German escaped penalty.

Marko said: "The defendant is often given the benefit of the doubt, but that wasn't the case now (for Vettel). There is a bad aftertaste. There is a double standard."


Unfortunately for Marko, many residents don’t agree with him, including Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg who said Vettel's move was "not right".

ORF commentator Alex Wurz said: "The rules are very specific, you can leave the track with all four wheels as long as you have no advantage."

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari added: "I think Vettel's overtaking was totally illegal. He was clearly outside the boundaries of the track."

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