Vergne handed first penalty point by stewards

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Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Hockenheimring, 2014Jean-Eric Vergne has been given a penalty point for leaving the track and gaining an advantage during the German Grand Prix.

Vergne went off at the exit of the Spitzkehre while battling with Romain Grosjean. The stewards ruled he failed to hand back an advantage after leaving the track.

The Toro Rosso driver had to serve a five-second stop-go penalty during the race and was also given his first penalty point of the season. Any driver who accumulates 12 during a 12-month period will automatically receive a one-race ban.

Vergne is the first driver to receive a penalty point since the third race of the season in Bahrain. The penalty point system was introduced earlier this year.

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    5 comments on “Vergne handed first penalty point by stewards”

    1. Lawrence Burden
      20th July 2014, 17:01

      I don’t understand why he’d get a penalty point for that, when you consider some of the incidents recently (Massa/Perez comes to mind). They’ll start awarding them for mistakes soon (though Sutil probably deserves some for his spin!)

    2. Well, that’s really bad for F1. Penalty points are not given consistently: Perez was not given any points in Canada and Gutierrez avoided points in Silverstone. Now they are giving points for actions, that were not dangerous at all, while Perez and Gutierrez were driving quite dangerously, when they were punished with ordinary penalties.

      So F1, as usual, lacks consistency.

      1. Michael Brown (@)
        20th July 2014, 19:01

        Nothing unusual here.

    3. Ridiculous – 5 second stop/go ok, but why penalty points? This was not reckless driving!

    4. Fritz Oosthuizen (@)
      21st July 2014, 5:23

      I think they forgot about the point system and realized through F1 fanatics they forgot. So first one they was poor JEV. What is happening to Massa? He reminds me of myself at school. Seem to be unable to stay out of trouble.

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