Vettel handed three-place F1 grid penalty for Austrian GP

Sebastian Vettel has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix after an impeding incident involving fellow Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso in Q2.

Alonso was left furious after his final lap in the session was ruined when he came into the last two corners to find Vettel, who was himself trapped behind other cars.

Alonso qualified 14th on the grid, having shown good pace earlier in the session.

Vettel was about to start his own flying lap and in trying to get out of the way was forced to abort it. However, he still progressed to Q3.

Vettel falls from eighth to 11th on the grid, handing places to George Russell, his own Aston Martin teammate Lance Stroll, and Carlos Sainz. He also receives a penalty point.

Valtteri Bottas and Sainz were both investigated for driving unnecessarily slowly, but the stewards decided to take no further action.

The stewards noted: "ALO was on his fast lap just before the end of Q2. When he approached the last two corners (9 and 10), there was still a queue of three cars preparing for their final qualifying lap. VET was the last car in this line and impeded ALO and as a result, ALO had to abort his final qualifying lap."

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Vettel was frustrated that the 'gentleman's agreement' not to overtake on out laps in qualifying was seemingly ignored by some of his rivals, especially after the FIA issued a clampdown on drivers slowing and making a gap in the last two corners, turns nine and 10.

"We agreed that we slow down between eight and nine, which is what I did," he said. "Everybody passes me and jumps the queue. And then they all slow down between nine and 10 where we agreed not to slow down. So now you know the rest of the story."

Asked if Sergio Perez was at fault, he added: "Sergio and myself, we dropped back between eight and nine, and everybody was just passing us.

"So I don't think Sergio was in the way, I think I was just the last one. And I was the first one that Fernando was meeting."

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Vettel explained that he'd had to sacrifice his own lap once he realised that Alonso was coming.

"As soon as I looked in the mirror, because it's not a nice place to meet some traffic, and I saw him coming, and yeah, like half a second later, just after I saw him and sped up, I got the radio call. So I tried to avoid him, and basically cancelled my lap.

"So in order to give him room the maximum I could at that point, I sacrificed my own lap. We didn't make it, so not much I could have done. As I said, I think from my side, I didn't do anything wrong.

"I was the last one in the queue. But I think the others should not jump the queue in the place where we agreed to slow down to then slow down after that. So I don't know if they were not listening."

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