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RaceFans Round-up: Vettel’s grid penalty “consistent with what drivers were told”

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RaceFans Round-up: Vettel’s grid penalty “consistent with what drivers were told”


In the round-up: FIA race director Michael Masi explains why Sebastian Vettel was given a five-second time penalty for failing to slow sufficiently for double yellow flags, despite being ahead of the signal on-track when it was given.

What they say

Masi explained how Valtteri Bottas reacted correctly to the double yellow flags, unlike Vettel:

In Sebastian’s case it was a double yellow flag that was displayed, not a single. And that’s a very important point.

When a double yellow flag is displayed, there are effectively two tests, let’s call it, within the race director’s notes. One is that the driver will either be expected to abort that lap and [drive] into pit lane or not set a meaningful lap time. Valtteri was the other car that was there in that vicinity, which the stewards looked at as well and Valtteri aborted his lap, whereas Sebastian continued on his and I think from memory was about one hundredth of a second slower than his time that he had set.

So that, by all accounts, is a meaningful lap time and therefore the grid penalty was imposed. Particularly for a double yellow flag and that’s consistent with what the drivers were told last year and then reminded of again in the drivers’ meeting for this year, safety flags will be, and particularly yellows, will be something that are monitored and policed accordingly.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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