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Sebastian Vettel escapes penalty after corner cutting in qualifying // Vettel visits the stewards after a corner cut in Korea

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Sebastian Vettel escapes penalty after corner cutting in qualifying
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Welcome to F1Minute - Sebastian Vettel escapes penalty after corner cutting in qualifying.

Post qualifying in Korea, the FIA announced they would be investigating Sebastian Vettel’s afternoon, after spotting the Red Bull driver cutting the corner during one of his laps.

After looking closely at the information to hand, and talking to Sebastian directly, the stewards have decided against a penalty - stating that he did not gain an advantage in the corner cutting. They will, however, be issuing instructions to the teams and drivers to dissuade them from cutting the corner at Turn 4 in the race tomorrow.

Jenson Button, who qualified third, could have moved up a place if Vettel had been penalised, but the Brit wasn’t convinced that it would have been a benefit, saying: “Looking at the last two years, we had a wet race last year, very wet rolling start, so nobody has started on those grid slots yet in a Formula One car, with our tyre of rubber. I am pretty happy being P3. I can’t be P1 as Lewis has done a better job than me and he is P1, so being P3 is probably the second best place. I hope they don’t give him a penalty.”

Button’s wish was clearly the stewards command.