Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel makes Aston Martin debut starting from the bottom

The German was penalized with five places on the starting grid for not respecting a yellow flag in qualifying.

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The new stage of German Sebastian Vettel in the F1 as a team driver Aston Martin it has not started quite well. Not only did he have a complicated preseason with few kilometers of filming, but he also will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the bottom, first date of the 2021 tournament.

Sebastian VettelIn the classification the four times champion of the Maximum finished 18 ° after his fast lap was spoiled by yellow flags. Justly, Failure to respect these signs led to a five-place penalty on the grid, so it will start from the last place in the row. But not only that, since lost three points in the super license.

In a note issued by the International Automobile Federation, the reasons for the penalty were explained: “Vettel did not abort his return. He explained to the stewards that he saw smoke in front of him, but that he was not sure if it was a blockage or a stopped car until he was quite close to the vehicle and the smoke was moving away. "

“The stewards observed that he had already passed the signaling panel when it was illuminated when approaching the place, and that the commissioners of that curve had not yet reacted with a yellow flag. However, Vettel was approaching a car that was stopped on the track and, according to the regulations, this would require a double yellow flag ”, added the entity.

Sebastian Vettel“It was clear that the driver slowed slightly as he approached the incident, but kept trying to set a significant lap time. In this case, the pilot would have received a warning on his dashboard and the team should have been able to see that the sector had been a double yellow and could have warned the pilot like other teams did ”, It indicated.

“Although the argument that the pilot was already inside the sector when he went double yellow is reasonable, the stewards believe it is important to note that he was approaching an incident visible in front of him. Furthermore, the car in front, in the same position, was instructed to abort the lap, as the Race Director's notes claim ”, the FIA ​​culminated.

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