Vettel given two penalty points for race defining incident

Montreal, Canada

Canadian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been given two penalty points on top of his time penalty that robbed him of victory in Montreal.

Vettel made a critical error during Sunday’s race, while pushing under pressure from the pursuing Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Going through Turn 4, the rear of the Ferrari came loose and Vettel had to go across the grass in order to rescue the situation.

Rejoining the track, Vettel managed to scrabble away still holding the lead, having blocked Lewis Hamilton from overtaking him. The stewards investigated, handing him a time penalty for the incident. This meant Vettel crossed the line as the leader, but effectively five seconds behind confirmed winner Lewis Hamilton.

Official documentation from the FIA shows that Vettel has also been given two penalty points for the incident. According to the document, Vettel rejoined the circuit in an unsafe manner and forced Hamilton to take evasive action.

These two penalty points bring Vettel to a total of seven for the current twelve month period.

“Obviously Lewis was a bit quicker throughout the race, but we were able to stay ahead in the race.” explained Vettel afterwards. The German, furious ahead of the podium ceremony walked in front of the cars under the podium to swap the finishing numbers to put P2 in front of Hamilton’s Mercedes and the P1 sign to where his car should have been.

Continuing, Vettel said: “For the rest [the penalty]…you should ask the people what they think. We had a great show and Lewis showed some great respect so…ask the people.”

“The people shouldn’t boo at Lewis. He saw what was going on and I don’t think there was any intention to be in harm’s way. I had trouble to stay on track.”

“If anything the people should boo at these funny decisions.”

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