Vettel at the risk of a grid penalty after red-flag violation!

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Sebastian Vettel has been dealt what could be the knock-out blow to his fading Formula One championship hopes after incurring a three-place grid penalty for the U.S. Grand Prix.

The latest incident occurred in the opening 90-minute practice session after Vettel's future teammate Charles Leclerc, who is moving to Ferrari in 2019, dragged gravel onto the circuit with his Sauber vehicle.

Stewards subsequently concluded that Vettel was in breach of the regulations.

Vettel is now 67 points behind Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship with just 100 remaining from the final three races in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Ferrari driver Vettel was punished for failing to slow sufficiently under red flags in FP1 - nailing another nail into the coffin his title hopes are increasingly confined to.

Taking their time to make a decision, especially when factoring in the extreme wet conditions in which the first practice session had taken place, the stewards eventually decided that they had no choice but to issue the same punishment to championship chasing Vettel as they had previously to Ricciardo and Ocon. All drivers are expected to slow down and drive back to the pits when red flags are waved.

His penalty followed two similar examples.

It means that Vettel, who was only 10th fastest in the second session, can not start Sunday's race any higher than fourth on the grid.


At a time when Fangio was dominant on the racetrack, Hamilton's paternal grandfather Davidson was working for the London underground transport system having newly-arrived from Grenada. Lining out 27.7 seconds precisely as an act of not complying with the rules I think is wrong.

"The intermediate tyres provided pretty good grip for the wet conditions, but I don't think they will last very long", he added.

"As I say, personally I think it's a rubbish regulation".

"I'm not sure it's the right thing to do if there's someone right behind you, but it's more important you don't get the penalty".

Vettel was fifth on the timesheets with a 1:49.489, almost two seconds off the pace, and behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

The German disagreed with his sanction, saying it was founded in a lack of "common sense" and he had an apparent ally in the shape of his old Red bull boss.

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