Vettel not penalised for Safety Car restart

Stewards have chosen not to penalise Sebastian Vettel for his so-called ‘erratic’ driving under the first Safety Car period during the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel was summoned to the stewards after the race after the McLaren of Jenson Button nearly crashed into him as the German driver prepared for the race restart. F1 rules state that, “No car may be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person at any time whilst the safety car is deployed.”

Race stewards examined the telemetry from Vettel’s car and concluded that he had not done anything wrong.

A stewards statement reads, “An examination of the telemetry overlay for throttle, steering and brake traces of both cars did not indicate any erratic driving behaviour on the part of the race leader.

“It is noted that Article 40.13 provides that the first car may dictate the pace.”