Formula 1

Vettel loses Mexico podium following post-race penalty

1 Mins read
Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has been handed a post-race ten-second time penalty by the stewards at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after being deemed to have moved under braking whilst defending from Daniel Ricciardo in the closing laps of the race.

The stewards deemed that the Scuderia Ferrari driver caused the Red Bull Racing driver to take avoiding action at turn four after evidence from on-board cameras and telemetry showed that Vettel did indeed defend his position by moving in the braking zone, something that has been clamped down on in recent races in a bid to improve driving standards and make racing safer.

The penalty drops Vettel from third down to fifth, behind both of the Red Bull drivers, with Ricciardo now inheriting the podium finish despite finishing on the road in fifth.

Max Verstappen had already been handed a five-second time penalty of his own for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after running across the grass at turn one while defending from Vettel and not relinquishing the position to the German.

Vettel has received two penalty points for the incident, making it a total of six in the current twelve-month cycle, while Verstappen also receives a penalty point, and he has four points on his licence.

12247 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

"We're on the verge of becoming very big" - Mick Schumacher

2 Mins read
The Uralkali Haas F1 Team are getting ready for their first home Grand Prix since 2019 at COTA, whereas rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin are preparing for their first visit to the circuit.
Formula 1

"COTA has lots of character" - George Russell

1 Mins read
George Russell has his eyes set on getting back into the points this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, whereas Nicholas Latifi is preparing for his first weekend at the track.
Formula 1

Turkish Grand Prix the ‘perfect territory for the intermediates’ – Mario Isola

1 Mins read
The intermediate tyre showed just how versatile it was during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, according to Pirelli’s Mario Isola.