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The Post-race inquiry at Sepang, FIA Race Stewards exposed that race winner Sebastian Vettel was culpable of passing under yellow flags – unlawful in the sporting policy – though the Red Bull driver has been give no penalty. With Fernando Alonso having retire and pulled off to the infield on the run to Turn 4, Vettel lapped the Lotus of Jarno Trulli previous to slowing on the top at Turn 4 whilst looking at the Italian’s car. With Johnny Herbert acting as the driver to join three other stewards this weekend, the

FIA report read as follows:’ Having received a report from the Race Director (Charlie Whiting) that Car 5 Sebastian Vettel overtook Car 18 Jarno Trulli whilst yellow flags were displayed at the approach to Turn 4, the Stewards, having viewed video and telemetry evidence and heard evidence from the Driver and Team Representative, find that the Driver did breach Article 2.4.5.1 b) of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code.

However, the Stewards, having noted that the Driver made a very large reduction in speed through the yellow flag area and that he understood that Car 18 was slowing with an obvious problem, DECIDE in accordance with Article 16.2 a) of the Formula One Sporting Regulations to impose no penalty.’

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