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Sebastian Vettel reprimanded by racing stewards following Japanese GP

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It's been a day to forget for Sebastian Vettel.

Having said that, it's been a three weeks to forget for the German driver, as his woes on the track continue following yet another retirement at the Japanese Grand Prix.

A first corner crash at Singapore three weeks ago was followed up by a poor qualifying performance in Malaysia, meaning he had to start the race at the back of the grid.

Despite that, the Ferrari ace did manage to finish fourth, but that simply wasn't enough as Lewis Hamilton finished second, stretching his lead in the Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton also won in Singapore when Vettel didn't finish, meaning the title is firmly in his hands.

Things then went from bad to worse for Vettel, as he was forced to retire from the Japan Grand Prix earlier today due to engine failure.

His team informed him over the radio that his car was to be retired, meaning once again, it would be a weekend to forget for the German.

Later on, Hamilton once again finished first, meaning his lead is now 59 points with just four races to go. The Brit can in fact win the title in Austin if he wins the race and Vettel finishes sixth place or lower.

However, that wasn't the only problem for Vettel on the day.


It's recently emerged that the German has been reprimanded by the racing stewards for failing to attend the pre-race national anthem, something all drivers must do.

Revised sporting rules for 2017 state: "14 minutes before the scheduled start of the formation lap, all drivers must be present at the front of the grid for the playing of the national anthem."

Despite the new rule, Vettel was nowhere to be seen for the start of the national anthem, and was only visible on the grid midway through after dealing with problems in the Ferrari garage.

Due to this, the stewards gave him a non-driving reprimand, which is his first of the season.

If drivers receive three of these, they will receive a 10-place grid penalty for the next race.

So overall, a horrid weekend and a horrid Sunday for Sebastian Vettel.

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