The rationale in full
“Car 9 spun at Turn 1 in the last moments of Q1 bringing out a double yellow flag in the marshalling sector. Bottas, Vettel, Perez and Russell approached the scene and drove past Mazepin. Bottas, was immediately instructed by his team to abort his lap in accordance with the Race Director?s Event Notes (Point 7.1). Perez and Russell had received the chequered flag, and were instructed to slow, with Russell receiving the additional information that it had been a double yellow sector.”
“Vettel did not abandon his lap. He explained to the Stewards that he saw the smoke ahead of him, but was unsure if it was a lock-up or a stopped car until he was quite close to the car and the smoke was lifting. The Stewards observed that he had already passed the signal panel when it illuminated as he approached the scene, and that the marshals in that turn had not yet reacted with a yellow flag. Nevertheless, Vettel was approaching a car that was stopped sideways on the track and by the rule this would necessitate a double yellow flag.”
Vettel disregarded double yellow flags in turn 1 after a spin by Masepin at the end of Q1. There are also three penalty points for this. According to the reasoning, Vettel admitted to having seen the smoke in front of him. But he was not sure whether a car had flown off.
Curious: The stewards explain that Vettel did not disregard any yellow flags in the classic sense, because they had not yet been waved at the time. According to her explanation, Vettel should have expected yellow flags because a car flew off in front of him and stopped.
According to his own statement, Vettel did not know that at first. He is also accused of not having stopped his round afterwards.
Vettel has to start from behind!
The decision is there: Sebastian Vettel loses five starting positions because he disregarded yellow flags in qualifying. Afterwards he has to start from the very back!
Before we get into the hot phase …
… I can once again recommend our qualifying analysis to you. By the way, no news yet from the Vettel front. The stewards take their time.
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