Motorsport

Vettel demoted after penalty

2012-07-22 18:09
Sebastian Vettel (AFP)

Hockenheim - Defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was demoted to fifth at the German Grand Prix on Sunday after receiving a 20sec penalty for passing Jenson Button.

Vettel was handed the penalty for his manoeuvre past McLaren's Button on the penultimate lap and dropped back having initially finished second - 3.7 sec behind race winner and world championship leader Fernando Alonso of Spain.

German Vettel received a drive-through penalty after he passed Button by running off track at a hairpin exit, which race stewards found to be illegal.

"Car 1 left the track and gained an advantage when he rejoined. Breach of article 20.2 of the FIA Formula 1 sporting regulations," the stewards ruled.

The 25-year-old Vettel claimed he had only ran wide to avoid a collision with his English rival.

"I wasn't sure where he was, I couldn't see him in that moment, so decided to give enough space and went off line on the slippery paint and I was able to stay ahead and get past him.

"The only intention was not to crash and to give him enough room. I have respect for him and I didn't want to squeeze him."

Results from the German Grand Prix, the 10th round of the Formula One Grand Prix world championship, on Sunday after a 20sec drive-through penalty was handed to Sebastian Vettel, dropped to fifth from second:

1. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1hr 31min 05.862sec (average: 201.844 km/h), 2. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren Mercedes) at 6.949sec, 3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus) 16.409, 4. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber) 21.925, 5. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull Racing) 23.732, 3. 6. Sergio Perez (MEX/Sauber) 27.896, 7. Michael Schumacher (GER/Mercedes AMG) 28.970, 8. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull Racing) 46.941, 9. Nico Huelkenberg (GER/Force India) 48.162, 10. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 48.889, 11. Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India) 59.227, 12. Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari) 1:11.428, 13. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso) 1:16.829, 14. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso) 1:16.965, 15. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams) at 1 lap, 16. Vitaly Petrov (RUS/Caterham) 1, 17. Bruno Senna (BRA/Williams) 1, 18. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 1, 19. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN/Caterham) 2 laps, 20. Charles Pic (FRA/Marussia) 2, 21. Pedro de la Rosa (ESP/HRT) 3, 22. Timo Glock (GER/Marussia) 3, 23. Narain Karthikeyan (IND/HRT) 3

Retired: Lewis Hamilton (GBR/McLaren Mercedes): mechanical problem 57th lap

Overall standings:


Drivers

1. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 154.0pts, 2. Mark Webber (AUS) 120.0, 3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 118.0, 4. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 95.0, 5. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 92.0, 6. Nico Rosberg (GER) 76.0, 7. Jenson Button (GBR) 65.0, 8. Romain Grosjean (FRA) 61.0, 9. Sergio Perez (MEX) 47.0, 10. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) 31.0, 11. Pastor Maldonado (VEN) 29.0, 12. Michael Schumacher (GER) 29.0, 13. Paul di Resta (SCO) 27.0, 14. Felipe Massa (BRA) 23.0, 15. Nico Huelkenberg (GER) 19.0, 16. Bruno Senna (BRA) 18.0, 17. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) 4.0, 18. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 2.0

Constructors

1. Red Bull Racing 238.0pts, 2. Scuderia Ferrari 177.0, 3. McLaren Mercedes 157.0, 4. Lotus 156.0, 5. Mercedes AMG 105.0, 6. Sauber 78.0, 7. Williams 47.0, 8. Force India 46.0, 9. Scuderia Toro Rosso 6.0

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