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Vettel given grid penalty for Japan and penalty points

Sebastian Vettel has been given a three place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend after his first lap accident which saw him eliminated from the race.

The German was on the inside of the first corner, trying to overtake Max Verstappen, but he went in too quick and hit the back of Nico Rosberg, pushing him into a spin. Such was the impact that it broke the suspension of the German and was eliminated, but Nico continued to finish on the podium, in part thanks to the retirement of Vettel and teammate Hamilton.

The statement from the Stewards said: “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 5 made a small error entering to the inside of turn 1 that led to the contact with Car 6. 

“As a consequence, Car 6 was caused to spin from second place and loose multiple positions, which the Stewards determined was predominantly the fault of the driver of Car 5 and therefore ordered the penalty above for causing a collision.”

Not only was the German given a grid drop for the next race, but he was also given two penalty points, bringing his total to four.

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