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Vergne handed 20 second post-race penalty

Nov 17, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

Vergne 17-11 AP

Jean-Eric Vergne has been handed a twenty second time penalty following an incident with Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez at the end of today’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Whilst Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel charged to an eighth straight victory at the head of the field, Vergne endured a lacklustre race outside of the top ten. However, he found himself in the running for a solitary point in the last few laps as Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Esteban Gutierrez fought with the Frenchman for tenth position. Eventually that position went to Ricciardo, but Vergne found himself coming under pressure from Gutierrez for position on the exit of turn twelve. The two made contact and the Sauber driver pirouetted into the gravel as a result, eventually crossing the line in fourteenth place.

However, the stewards soon confirmed that they were investigating the incident, and deemed Vergne to be responsible. As a result, he was handed a twenty second time penalty, meaning that he drops from P12 on track down to P16 in the final classification.

Vergne is set to be replaced in FP1 for next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix by youngster Daniil Kvyat, who will be his teammate in 2014.

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  1. worknman24hours - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    What penalties like this do is simply destroy the racing on track.

    The drivers get to a point where they will never fight for a position because the people in the booth will simply take it away from you next race anyway.

    Just sad when people off the track determine what the racing is on the track.

    Makes the drivers simply taxi cab drivers for the FIA stewards.

    It’s racing-some times there will be accidents-otherwise, it’s just cab drivers running rolling billboards around the track.

    Is that what Formula One really wants?

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