Mexican GP News

Vettel outburst referred to the FIA

Sebastian Vettel’s outburst at the end of the Mexican Grand Prix has been referred to the FIA, according to

The Ferrari driver was vocal about the action the stewards took at the end of the race, with Max Verstappen leaving the circuit at turn 1, and wasn’t immediately given a penalty or instructed to let the Ferrari driver pass. In fact, with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo closing in on the back of them both, the Dutchman actually backed Vettel into his Red Bull teammate for him to try and make an attempt to pass.

The foulmouthed outburst by Vettel over the radio directed at Race Director Charlie Whiting, instantly came to the attention of everyone and hadn’t gone unnoticed by the viewers and the paddock. Although he apologised to Charlie Whiting after the race, and the penalty was applied to Verstappen before the podium ceremony, a number including former Red Bull boss Christian Horner believe he could get a sanction from the FIA which could range from a fine to a race ban.

Horner said: “In any sport, what you cannot do is give abuse to the referee essentially. So, I would be surprised if that went unreprimanded.”

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