The decision has been made that Sebastian Vettel will start from the final spot on the FIA Formula One Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid. The championship points leader stopped on track toward the end of qualifying on the Yas Marina Circuit.
The reason given was “fuel infringement”. He had qualified with the third fastest time during the third qualifying segment which immediately caused questions to arise. The two-time world champion was order by his team to pull over and stop.
"I’m not sure what the issue was at the end, I was just told to switch off the car," said Vettel right after qualifying had ended.
Toward the end of the third qualifying segment, Vettel did what his team said via the radio as Christian Horner explained, “During the slow down lap following the final run of Q3, Renault instructed to immediately stop Sebastian’s car on the circuit due to an issue with the fuel system."
Due to the Red Bull Renault’s team orders, the FIA statement reads: “The stewards heard from the driver and team representatives and studied telemetry evidence that showed the reason why the car was stopped.”
However, all Formula One teams are well aware that each driver must provide a one-litre sample in post-qualifying scrutineering. In this case, the “Stewards accepted the explanation and considered the incident as being a case of force majeure.”
Vettel remains positive as he said, “One of the best ski jumpers of all times once said ‘Every chance is an opportunity and as far as we are concerned there are still plenty of chances tomorrow’.”