Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2014

Vettel, Magnussen, Alonso and Gutierrez face investigation

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2014Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen may be penalised as stewards are investigating their driving during Q2.

Both drivers are alleged to have failed to slow when yellow flags were waved after Kimi Raikkonen crashed at turn three in the final minute of the session.

Vettel did not progress beyond Q2 but Magnussen did and subsequently qualified fourth. Team mate Jenson Button was eliminated in Q2 and said he’d lost out because he’d backed off for the yellow flag.

Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez are also being investigated. The stewards are examining whether Gutierrez’s car was impeded at turn one during Q1.

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26 comments on “Vettel, Magnussen, Alonso and Gutierrez face investigation”

    1. Stewards don’t investigate for no reason though. Every time it happens somebody gets penalised unless it is a software glitch like the one caused by the McLaren unit last year which affected several drivers. They should let Magnussen off the hook though and just penalise Vettel because its guaranteed to bring a cheer to that Aussie crowd!

      1. There has been a rule amendment (which Brundle mentioned on Sky) that the ye loo sector times are now at 200m intervals – not the whole timing sectors. So you don’t have to slow your whole sector time (in this case S1), just that 200m section.

      2. Stewards investigate when the sector time doesn’t show slowing down. The rule is to slow down (go off the throttle) at the actual section of the track where it happens, so as long as they did that, they will be cleared, even if they improved their time on all the other corners.

    1. @tomsk Throwing a red flag would’ve given them zero chance of getting a lap in and would’ve finalised the results then and there.

      Keeping it under local yellows allows them to improve, provided the lift enough through the trouble to prove they are obeying the yellows.

      1. He will have been going fast in that section just before he came up to the incident, so the only place he could really have lifted off was T4 – which isn’t a very tricky corner anyway hence not very dangerous.

    1. No he was right behind RAI – I think the investigation is necessary because Vettel set his personal best in S1 at that time but considering it was drying up and he obviously lifted in that turn, I’m fairly certain he won’t get a penalty.

        1. Eh? Did we watch the same footage? Raikkonen crashed at turn three. Vettel got the light on his dashboard while turning in to turn three, not, as you claim, through turn one. He had a couple of hundred metres, if that, in which to lift, and he clearly did.

    1. Even though he almost collided with Räikkönen’s wreckage, Vettel slowed down quite a bit, which compromised his lap. In the remainder of the lap, he was pushing (too) hard to make up for the lost time. It would be a shame if he were to be punished by the stewards too.

    1. The stewards statement cleared Vettel of any wrongdoing:

      “The driver’s explanation supported by the telemetry satisfied the stewards that, under changing track conditions, the driver had slowed sufficiently and was fully in control.”

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