Red Bull: FIA has double standards

2012-07-24 10:26

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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  • marnusmnorval - 2012-07-24 17:06

    why a 20 second penalty? why not just put him behind button again? Gezuz you give Vettel a 20 sec penalty but maldonado who is a bloody hooligan and you would have gone for the more aggressive move is still in Formula 1

      russel.lunt - 2012-07-24 18:59

      Because the penalty for not obeying the rules is a drive-through, or 20s if applied post-race. Don't break the rules - duh. As if Vettel can complain - look at some of the ridiculous penalties handed out to Hamilton last season, some deserved, others most certainly not. As for Maldonado, he needs to learn how to drive.

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-25 11:28

      Vettel deserved the penalty, he was so used to go off the track in that portion of the track that he came with the stupid defence of giving Button space. Now this fool say that Button did not give him space. We all saw what happend. Vettel new the rule, but these young drivers think thy can bend it!

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-07-25 11:30

      Why dont you ask the right question. Why did Vettel not gave back the position he got illegaly!

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