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Vettel summoned to the Stewards over qualifying infraction

  • Published on 30 Mar 2019 19:16
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel could take a penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix after he has been called to the Stewards post-qualifying.

He has summoned over a possible qualifying infraction, as he is being investigated for driving too slowly on his in-lap.

Vettel has been called over an “alleged breach of Article 27.4 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and failing to observe the Race Director’s instruction, document 2 (item 16.1), driving unnecessarily slowly on an in lap at 18:13 during qualifying.”

As per the sporting regulations, drivers are required to stay above a minimum time between the two safety car lines during in-laps to ensure they don't become a danger to their fellow drivers.

For this weekend's event, drivers were notified to stay above 1:55.000 on their in-laps.

Similar incidents happened several times in 2018, however no grid penalties were handed out as a result. Kevin Magnussen and Sergey Sirotkin were reprimanded, while Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon escaped penalties. 

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