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Vettel demoted to the back of the Abu Dhabi GP grid following penalty

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Sebastian Vettel l move down to the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race grid following penalty. due to a fuel irregularity, the governing FIA said in a statement.

Defending world champion Vettel had qualified in third place with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, his closest title rival, in seventh.

Formula 1 sporting regulations policy states that drivers must come back to the pits with their own power so a one-litre fuel sample can be taken from the car for post-event examination.

Formula 1 governing body FIA published that the technical Regulations states: “Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the Event.

“Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has been excluded from qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix after stopping his car out on the track at the end of qualifying. Hamilton qualified on pole but he was start from the back of the grid. FIA declared that they are not putting enough fuel in the car was “force majeure”.

FIA’s official report

Sebastian Vettel has been sent to the back of the grid after stewards excluded him from the results of qualifying. Vettel had stopped on track at the end of the session, having qualified in a provisional third place.

The stewards agreed that his actions were acceptable under the rules of force majeure, however the post-session scrutineering report stated that an insufficient amount of fuel remained in the car for sampling.

After an afternoon practice session disrupted by brake problems, Vettel had rallied strongly during qualifying and was consistently near the top of the order during the session. However, as the chequered flag came out, under instruction from his team the World Champion pulled over to the side of the track and got out of his Red Bull RB8.

After several hours of deliberation during which telemetry was studied and Red Bull Racing stated their case, the official decision was handed down. Vettel was deemed to have infringed article 6.6.2 of the 2012 technical regulations which states: Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the event. Except in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), if a sample of fuel is required after a practice session the car concerned must have first been driven back to the pits under its own power.

Vettel will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 24th and last on the grid.

The decision echoes the punishment handed to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in Barcelona. Hamilton had taken provisional pole, though a fuelling mistake saw the Briton not complete his in-lap, instead pulling to the side of the Circuit de Catalunya. Starting last, Hamilton battled back to finish the race in eighth position.

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