Vettel spins out…drives straight in front of Stroll

Jamie Woodhouse
Sebastian Vettel rues cautious Q3 tactic

Vettel rues cautious Q3 tactic

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was given a ten-second stop-go penalty after a comedy of errors on lap six at the Italian Grand Prix.

The German spun his SF90 in clear air at the Ascari chicane on lap six but avoided the barriers.

From there the drama continued, however, as Vettel drove back onto the track and straight into the path of SportPesa Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.

Stroll would be punted off the track by Vettel with both suffering front wing damage as a result, before Stroll performed a similarly unsafe return to the track in front of Pierre Gasly who was forced into the gravel trap.

“He just came back on track like an idiot,” vented Stroll over team radio.

Both Vettel and Stroll were placed under investigation by the stewards and they hit Vettel with a ten-second stop-go penalty, one of the most severe on-track penalties that can be given. It put Vettel swiftly to the back of the field.

Stroll was given a drive-through penalty for his role in the chaos.

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