Vettel given ‘benefit of the doubt’ by stewards

Date published: September 7 2019

Ten-second stop-go penalty for Vettel after Italian GP error.

No further action will be taken against Sebastian Vettel after he came very close to putting all four wheels off the track during Q3 at the Italian GP.

The Ferrari man ran wide at the Parabolica during Q3 and some camera angles appeared to show that he had completely crossed the white line at a point on track where the stewards have been firm in their application of track limits.

However, after further investigations the stewards were unable to prove he had clearly breached the track limits, and so gave him the ‘benefit of the doubt’.

“The stewards reviewed multiple camera angles, some of which appeared to show that the tyres were not in contact with the white line of the track edge,” the stewards wrote in their report.

“However other angles appeared to show that part of the front ‘wheel’ (when viewed from above) may have been within the bounds of the white line. This cast an element of doubt which is considered significant enough to give the “benefit of doubt” to the driver in question.”

Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc claimed pole position for Sunday’s race after a farcical end to Q3 saw seven of the nine drivers involved miss the cut-off time to start their laps.

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