Sebastian Vettel has avoided a penalty for running wide at Parabolica during Q3 as the stewards have ruled he did not stray beyond the track limits.
Close inspection of Vettel’s line through the corner revealed his front-right wheel was possibly within the track limits, the stewards noted.
“The stewards reviewed multiple camera angles, some of which appeared to show that the tyres were not in contact with the white line of the track edge,” the stewards noted.
“However other angles appeared to show that part of the front ‘wheel’ (when viewed from above) may have been within the bounds of the white line. This cast an element of doubt which is considered significant enough to give the “benefit of doubt” to the driver in question.”
The decision means Vettel’s only lap time from Q3 remains valid. If it had been deleted, he would have lost several grid positions.
Vettel did not set a lap later in the session after he was held up by other cars at the start of Q3 and backed off to let Leclerc pass him.
“I was happy with the car which was really good, and I was also pleased with my lap today, but I cannot be happy with how qualifying went,” he said.
“At the end of Q3, most of us didn’t make it through to the second attempt. The lap I did on my own without a tow was good. I think we went out late and then obviously you look for a tow, but it’s clear we waited too long, so in the end there was no margin.”
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