Sebastian Vettel received three penalty points at Monza after a calamitous re-entry onto the track at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The German lost control of the Ferrari at the Ascari chicane on the fifth lap and re-joined the track without looking and slammed into the side of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.
The Canadian in the Racing Point exclaimed: “what the ---- did the Ferrari just—” as Vettel crashed into his vehicle. The yellow flag was called as Vettel left Stroll in his dust.
Stroll, via communication to his team back in the pits, branded Vettel “an idiot” for coming back onto the Monza circuit in such a manner.
The Canadian driver exchanged with his team regarding the damage incurred by the Ferrari.
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Vettel, Ferrari’s primary driver, was given a 10-second stop-go penalty, the most severe on-track punishment short of a disqualification.
This means Vettel will have to wait to join Nelson Piquet on four Italian Grand Prix victories following wins in 2008, 2011 and 2013.
In Ferrari’s home race, Monaco driver Charles Leclerc took his second successive race ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton, who holds five Monza titles alongside legendary Michael Schumacher, was unable to add a third successive win in Italy and sixth in total.
Leclerc has overtaken Vettel into fourth in the Drivers’ Championship due to the German’s 13th place finish.
Some salvation for Lance Stroll as the Canadian took 12th place, ahead of Vettel, and remains 15th in the Drivers’ Championship.
Four-time champion Vettel, who has been at Ferrari since 2015, has yet to win a race this season whilst teammate Leclerc has won two. Leclerc has also attained five other podium finishes, compared to Vettel’s six.
Leclerc has also won more pole positions than his teammate, at four to one, despite Vettel being seen as the primary Ferrari driver.
In fact, the German has yet to win a Drivers’ Championship with Ferrari. Vettel claimed his four titles from 2010 to 2013 whilst at Red Bull.
For the hazardous display of driving in Italy, Vettel could face further penalty at the next meet in Singapore on September 22.
Vettel has nine penalty points in the past 12 months and is three more points away from a race ban with seven races of the Formula One calendar remaining.
Ferrari retain second place in the Constructors’ Championship from Red Bull in third whilst Mercedes extended their lead through podium finishes for Bottas and Hamilton.News Now - Sport News