Sebastian Vettel’s five second penalty for a dangerous re-entry to the track and impeding Lewis Hamilton has split the F1 world, but the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alex Wurz says that the stewards showed good consisteny, after a similar incident involving Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen at last season’s Japanese Grand Prix.
“I was of the same opinion when Max Verstappen in Suzuka last year went over the Astroturf – which is a bit more slippery, there is more dust – he came back, he slid to the other side of the track, there is Kimi Raikkonen wanting to go on the outside and they touched. Max got a five-second penalty.
“When you look at this, you say, ‘Ah, well the FIA is in this case quite consistent on rejoining the track dangerously regardless of whether it’s in your capability to control or not. They have decided it is a five-second penalty'”.