Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Vettel: Unsafe release penalties too harsh

Thursday 17th July 2014

Share:

Vettel: Unsafe release penalties too harsh

Vettel: Unsafe release penalties too harsh

Sebastian Vettel has equated penalising a driver for an unsafe release to "going to prison for stealing a chocolate bar".

This season Formula 1 decided to take a strict approach to any team releasing their driver in an unsafe manner.

However, the best way to penalise a team is to penalise the driver and that's exactly what the new punishment does.

Not only is the driver hit with a penalty during the grand prix but they also incur a 10-place grid drop for the next race.

Vettel feels it is too harsh.

Speaking in Thursday's press conference in Germany, he said penalising a driver for an unsafe release is "like going to prison for stealing a chocolate bar.

"It's too harsh for the drivers, it's more for the team."

However, as he added, "it is what it is."

The Season Finale In Pictures

Editor's Picks

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...

Winners And Losers: US GP

Winners And Losers: US GP

It was a gripping race in the Lone Star state with a clinical victory for Lewis Hamilton to make it five wins in a row...

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Button 'Not Fearful' Of Alonso

Jenson Button says he would have no problem partnering Fernando Alonso at McLaren as "nothing scares" him...

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Alonso's Ferrari Highs & Lows

Fernando Alonso is on his way out at Ferrari, but there have been plenty of highlights and low points...