Mark says Vettel’s punishment like the death penalty for stealing a chicken

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has tagged Sebastian Vettel’s time penalty in Germany as unreasonable.

Sebastian Vettel got to the lead of Jenson Button for second place with less than two laps to go by running off track at the door of the hairpin.

After the race stewards stated Vettel’s move was illegal, and gives post-race drive-through penalty on the German, meaning 20 seconds were added to his finishing time, demoted him to fifth place.

But champions’ advisor Helmut Marko suggested that his driver had done nothing mistaken, and laid the blame for the move at the feet of Button.

“[The punishment] is like the death penalty for stealing a chicken,” Mark complained. The whole situation was triggered by Button, who left Sebastian no room and pushed him out.

“Sebastian had to move out to avoid a collision.”

Marko compared the incident to a move on Vettel by Nico Rosberg in Bahrain – the Mercedes driver went unpunished for it – and argued that normally drivers making the pass are given the benefit of the doubt.

“That wasn’t the case now [for Vettel],” Marko added. “There is a bad aftertaste. There is a double standard.”

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