Vettel penalised for overtaking under red flags in FP3

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Canadian Grand Prix - Qualifying Day - Montreal, Canada

It has been announced by the Canadian GP Formula 1 stewards after qualifying today that they have given Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a five-place grid penalty and three penalty points on his licence for overtaking under red flags in FP3.

Vettel was already only 15th on the grid having struggled with a power-sapping problem in Q1. He was summoned to the stewards for passing Roberto Merhi’s Manor during the late red flag in practice three prompted when Jenson Button’s McLaren ground to a halt on the exit of Turn 7.

Vettel was following Merhi back to the pits when he overtook the rookie on the long straight towards the final chicane. Although Vettel had argued that the Manor appeared to have a problem as it was moving at such a slow speed, the officials felt a penalty was necessary.

With Vettel now carrying an penalty; thereby adding to the several penalties affecting the Montreal F1 grid and race. Max Verstappen, who was 12th fastest, faces a combined grid demotion of 15 places between his five-spot penalty for colliding with Romain Grosjean in Monaco and a further 10 for exceeding his 2015 engine allocation.

Jenson Button was unable to run at all in qualifying today also believes that he will have to take a penalty due to the repairs being carried out on his McLaren following its practice failure which means at the moment, the stewards will be working hard to see where everyone who has a penalty will start on the grid for the Canadian GP tomorrow.

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