Vettel escaped a penalty for taking a short-cut during qualifying

Sebastian Vettel has escaped sanction for taking a shortcut during yesterday’s qualifying session for the Korean Grand Prix.

Observant viewers and commentators spotted the German, on his in-lap to switch tyres after his first Q3 hot-lap, driving up an escape road between Turns 4 and 6, an action for which he was summoned to the FIA Stewards’ offices.

Commonsense prevailed and Vettel escaped any penalty when the officialdom agreed that he had gained no advantage by doing so.

“Having heard from the driver and team manager, and having noted that Car 1 started what was its fastest qualifying lap with 17 seconds to spare prior to the chequered flag, the stewards determined that no advantage was gained when car 1 left the track,” a statement from the stewards reads.

“Accordingly no breach of Article 20.13 occurred on this occasion and the stewards decide to take no further action.”

[Image via GP Update]

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