Sebastian Vettel’s penalty for’dangerous’ driving at the Italian GP gets left him only three points from an ban, since the German was left to reflect on another destructive day in his season.
While youthful team-mate Charles Leclerc stopped Ferrari’s nine-year wait to get a win in their home race, to trigger jubilant celebrations for the group and Italian audiences in the packed grandstands, Vettel trailed home 13th after his race was ruined by an early spin and then a direct conflict with Lance Stroll’s oncoming Racing Point.
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With his return to the monitor deemed’dangerous’ by race stewards, Vettel was provided a 10-second stop-and-go penalty available in front of a disqualification.
Talking to Sky Sports F1 following the race, a downcast Vettel explained:”Obviously I am unhappy with it, I can not be satisfied with my day.
“I dropped the rear an could not capture it, as straightforward as that. Then the race has been gone.”
Asked if he’d witnessed Stroll forthcoming, Vettel replied:”No. I fought a couple of days to get the car going, and also to get in the perfect direction as well, so I couldn’t see him”
Compounding the sanction have been the three penalty points inserted into the German’s superlicence.
Vettel is currently on nine for the past 12-month interval, three from a automatic one-race suspension. The next things to be dropped – 2, accrued at the US GP of last year – don’t expire until October 19 from his licence, meaning Vettel has to navigate the next three grands prix.
No driver has reached the 12-point limitation within the specified 12-month period because the machine was released in 2014.
Vettel, who joined the post-race celebration picture of Ferrari at the pit lane and congratulated Leclerc, has been overtaken as the team’s lead driver at the entire tournament. Leclerc is up to fourth position in points currently 13 behind.
“Needless to say I love everything I do, but definitely when you are not doing well what you know you can do well, you can not be more happy,” added the German motorist.
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“It’s unexplainable for me personally. I can’t describe it.
“He is a four-time world champion, he is among the best men out there, and also to earn a mistake like this, in our own and turning a car like that in a corner, is indeed odd.
“Afterward even worse after, coming back to the track like that – although I understand because what exactly are you going to perform? Only sit there and simply await the entire train to go by? Probably opt to have a risk and drive out.
“But even that, a double error – my goodness. This has to be so dark this instant because of him. His team-mate only became a complete Ferrari legend and has just shot the number one status in the team, likely, from him.
“Vettel is just one of those men with a lot of self-confidence, so that’s definitely going to help him a lot through this. And in F1 it is such short lived that it only takes one particular race, one strong race and you’re back. So we shouldn’t write him off because he can return really quick, but not a simple one.”