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Vettel during his Red Bull days.

Christian Horner: Sebastian Vettel should be sanctioned for expletive outburst

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Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel had a torrid time at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigeux track in Mexico over the weekend.

The four-time F1 Champion was heard brandishing McLaren driver Fernando Alonso an “idiot” over the team radio during a free practice, before swearing at race director Charlie Whiting during Sunday’s race.

The 29-year old was then stripped of his podium finish after it was ruled that he had finished the race in a dangerous manner.

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The two-place penalty the German received saw him drop from third to fourth, falling behind Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

In what has been a frustrating year as a whole for the German, despite initially winning three races and finishing third overall only behind Mercedes duo, and this season's current top two, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when he initially moved to Ferrari.

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However, the German is yet to win a race this year, and now Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has said that Vettel's expletive outburst towards Whiting on Sunday should prompt a sanction from the governing body.

Vettel raced under Red Bull before switching to Ferrari in 2015 and speaking of Vettel’s outbursts, Horner said: "It is not an attribute he had when he drove for us. Obviously his frustration he is vocalising, and everybody can hear that.

"I definitely sense he has been a bit more frustrated this year."

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Both Horner and Vettel’s former Red Bull teammate Ricciardo believe that Vettel’s lack of success during his time at Ferrari has contributed to his frustrations, but the principal went on to say: "In any sport, you can't give abuse to the referee.

"I would be surprised if that went unreprimanded."

Vettel has apologised for the remarks he made over the team radio towards Whiting during Sunday's race, but he could still face some form of punishment for the language used.

The German currently sits in fourth position in the F1 standings, behind Red Bull’s Ricciardo, Hamilton, and current leader Nico Rosberg with two races left to go.

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