Vettel on cusp of grid penalty after reprimand

Sebastian Vettel is one reprimand away from a grid penalty after being punished for missing the national anthem ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel on cusp of grid penalty after reprimand
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari in the Press Conference
Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Ferrari mechanics observe the car of Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, technical issues
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari in the Press Conference
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H

The Ferrari driver skipped the pre-race ceremony to remain by his car, as mechanics furiously worked to address the spark plug issue that would put him out of the race.

But as attending the national anthem ceremony is demanded by the regulations, Vettel was investigated by the race stewards for a breach of the rules.

An FIA statement confirmed that Vettel would be given a reprimand for his actions.

That decision is significant because under F1’s Sporting Regulations it means another punishment for a driving offence this year will result in a penalty.

Vettel already has a driving infringement reprimand, after he crossed the pit lane exit line during qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Article 18.2 of F1’s Sporting Regulations states: “Any driver who receives three reprimands in the same championship season will, upon the imposition of the third, be given a ten grid place penalty at that Event. If the third reprimand is imposed following an Incident during a race the ten grid place penalty will be applied at the driver’s next Event.

“The ten grid place penalty will only be imposed if at least two of the reprimands were imposed for a driving infringement.”

It means that Vettel must avoid getting a reprimand for any driving offence over the remaining four races of the campaign.

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