Vettel gets Suzuka grid penalty for shunt
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been served a three-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix after he put Nico Rosberg into a spin at the opening turn in Malaysia on Sunday.
Vettel lunged up the inside at Turn 1 on the first lap of the race, collecting Rosberg and ending his own race with suspension failure in the process.
The stewards’ verdict read: “Having thoroughly reviewed the video, and having spoken to the driver concerned, the stewards determined that although the cars involved in the incident were all moving at relatively similar speeds, the driver of car five [Vettel] made a small error entering to the inside of Turn 1 that led to the contact with the driver of car six [Rosberg]. As a consequence, car six was caused to spin from second place and lose multiple positions, which the stewards determined was predominantly the fault of the driver of car five, and therefore ordered the penalty for causing a collision.”
Rosberg received a 10s penalty for hitting Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen later in the race.