Vettel cleared over track limits breach

Monza, Italy

Italian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a post-qualifying review of his Q3 lap.

Updated: Sebastian Vettel will have no further action taken against him after qualifying P4. The decision said: “The Stewards reviewed multiple camera angles, some of which appeared to show that the tyres were not in contact with the white line of the track edge however other angles appeared to show that part of the front “wheel” (when viewed from above) may have been within the bounds of the white line. This cast an element of doubt which is considered significant enough to give the “benefit of doubt” to the driver in question.”

This means that Vettel holds onto his P4 starting position.


Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been summoned before the race stewards at Monza. Having finished P4 in the final part of qualifying, he has now been called before the stewards over an alleged breach of track limits.

Having made their position clear that any driver leaving the track at Parabolica with all four wheels would result in that laptime being deleted, as well as the following lap, the stewards failed to immediately delete Vettel’s first flying lap in Q3 – the time he finished P4 with.

As the final runs of the session didn’t actually happen as a result of the drivers all slowing themselves down to try getting a slipstream, Vettel’s sole qualifying laptime could face being deleted – meaning that he could find himself anywhere from P7-10 as a result of other drivers failing to put in a laptime.

Vettel joins several other drivers who are facing steward’s inquiries. Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll have also all been summoned over incidents over the final outlap, although Hulkenberg has already been found to not have committed any offence and will have no further action taken.

This story will be updated.

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