Stewards investigating Vettel’s pass on Button

2012 German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Hockenheim, 2012The German Grand Prix stewards are looking into whether Sebastian Vettel’s pass on Jenson Button was legal.

Vettel passed Button for second place on the penultimate lap of the race.

Vettel had a run on Button as they approached the Spitzkehre hairpin and the McLaren driver covered the inside line. As they exited the corner Vettel used the tarmac run-off at the exit of the corner, rejoining the track ahead of the McLaren driver.

Speaking to his team on the radio after the race Button said: “I’m not sure that was correct the way Sebastian got past.

“I think the most important thing is he wouldn’t have overtaken me if he was on the circuit.”

Speaking on the podium after the race Vettel said he was unsure if Button’s car was still on the inside of his. Button finished the race third behind Vettel.

Update: Vettel demoted to fifth with 20-second penalty

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177 comments on Stewards investigating Vettel’s pass on Button

  1. dkpioe said on 22nd July 2012, 16:29

    unfortunantly there is precedent for this move done at this track – michael schumacher in ferrari a few years back, overtaking people off the track and no penalty. also hamilton got no penalty for a way more off the road overtake on rosberg in bahrain this year.

  2. KaIIe (@kaiie) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:32

    20 second time penalty for Vettel.

  3. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:34

    20 second penalty is effectively a retrospective drive-thru. Clearly stewards setting an example.

    Now where are all those people from this morning saying the FIA favour red bull… ;-)

  4. Abuelo Paul (@abuello-paul) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:34

    Well, after all the armchair professionals have had their say, the real stewards agree with the rule book. Herr Vettel was out of order passing outside the track limits. Mr. Button should be quite pleased.
    I suppose Seb will think he is being victimised, on his home track.
    But hey, thats racing…….

  5. west (@west) said on 22nd July 2012, 16:40

    Breaking news Seb been demoted to fifth that means a 20s penality.,

  6. Rich Lloyd said on 22nd July 2012, 17:13

    Nice to see a rule implemented (rather than interpreted). Let’s hope stewards are consistent for rest of year (forever is asking too much). And yes, even if Lotus or McLaren are at fault.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd July 2012, 13:50

    Initially I believed that Button had left him no choice to run-off but following a few replays it was pretty evident that he was being opportunistic! The cynic inside me tells me that Vettel knew what he was doing was wrong, but owing to how difficult these things can be to judge he thought he might as well try it.

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