Vet­tel gets Suzuka grid penalty for shunt

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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.

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