Vettel one major incident from F1 ban after 'dangerous' Monza move

Sebastian Vettel has been handed three Formula 1 licence penalty points for his "dangerous" Italian Grand Prix incident with Lance Stroll, leaving him one serious incident from a ban

Vettel one major incident from F1 ban after 'dangerous' Monza move

Vettel spun at the Ascari chicane early in Ferrari's home race at Monza, then rejoined as the chasing pack was filtering through the fast right-hand middle part of the corner.

He was fortunate to avoid heavy contact but he did collide with seventh-placed Stroll and sent the Racing Point into a spin.

In their official report, it was noted that "the stewards considered this to be a dangerous incident".

Vettel was therefore handed a 10-second stop-go penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner, and had three penalty points added to his licence - taking his tally to nine points in a 12-month period.

Three points is the maximum penalty points the stewards can apply to a driver's licence and it is reserved for the most serious driving offences.

If a driver accumulate 12 penalty points in a 12-month period, they receive an automatic one-race ban.

Vettel must complete the next three F1 races without accumulating three points or more as he will not lose any of his current penalty points until after the Japanese GP in mid-October.

He has accumulated his existing penalty points via his British GP clash with Max Verstappen, the Canadian GP rejoining incident that also cost him victory in that race to Lewis Hamilton and a red flag infringement at last year's United States GP.

Should Vettel receive a one-race ban, it is likely Ferrari would turn to Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi to stand in for him.

Alfa would then have reserve driver Marcus Ericsson as its own option, although Brendon Hartley is understood to have been Alfa's de facto reserve when IndyCar racer Ericsson has not been available.

Asked by Sky to describe what happened in the Monza incident, Vettel replied: "I lost the rear, couldn't catch it. As simple as that.

"I'm obviously not happy and after that the race was obviously gone.

"I struggled a couple of times to get the car going and struggled to get in the right direction so I couldn't see him."

Stroll received a drivethrough penalty and two penalty points in his licence for a similar albeit not as severe piece of unsafe rejoining.

After his spin, he was getting going again on the exit of Ascari as Pierre Gasly rounded the corner.

The stewards noted that Stroll "left the track due to the collision" with Vettel but still felt he was responsible for rejoining unsafely and forcing Gasly off the track.

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