Vettel gets five penalty points for debut with Aston Martin

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Vettel gets five penalty points for debut with Aston Martin


Sebastian Vettel’s disappointing debut at Aston Martin saw him leave the Bahrain Grand Prix with five penalty points on his superlicence for two different incidents over the weekend.
Vettel struggled throughout his first weekend with his new team and finished 15th of 16, ahead of only Mick Schumacher of Haas.

Towards the end of the race, Vettel rolled behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon at turn 1. Both drivers managed to get their car back on track after the collision, but this forced Vettel to pit. .

Vettel suggested Ocon changed his line under braking, but the marshals disagreed, giving Vettel a 10-second penalty and two penalty points on his superlicence.

The verdict was: “The marshals looked at several angles of the video evidence and telemetry and determined that car 5 was entirely responsible for the contact at turn 1.”

Vettel had already been given a grid penalty and three penalty points on Saturday for not slowing down for the yellow flags in the first qualifying session. Vettel qualified 18th, so the penalty dropped him to the back of the grid for the start of the race.

F1 drivers get an automatic race ban if they accumulate 12 or more penalty points over a period of 12 consecutive months. Vettel has five from the first weekend alone, although he had an impeccable record heading into the race weekend.

Prior to the Ocon collision, Vettel was attempting an optimistic one-stop strategy, but doubted that a points finish would have been possible with a clean race.

“It was a tricky race, we tried the only stop, we had to try something different,” he said.

“At the start it looked like it wasn’t that bad, but the first stint, but towards the end I had a lot of trouble with the tires, so I don’t think we could have scored so realistic.

Commenting on the incident and Ocon’s penalty, he added: “I was trying to reduce to the left, but Esteban was also moving to the left. When I was right behind him, I locked the foreheads and hit him straight. Obviously, it wasn’t great. for our two races. ”

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