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Formula 1: Why the Stewards Were Wrong to Penalize Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's move on Fernando Alonso in Monza was almost certainly a deliberate payback for last year's identical move in which the roles were reversed. It was nasty, unnecessary and probably unsportsmanlike—but it just wasn't illegal.The arguments about whether the stewards were justified in penalizing Sebastian Vettel for the incident in which Fernando Alonso took to the grass in Monza continue. The voracity of the argument often depends little on any technical merit, but rather which supporters club you may have made camp in. There is, however, a technical basis for the discussion and breaking it down it can be shown that the stewards got it wrong. The whole rationale for Vettel being penalised this year when Alonso wasn&rsqu...

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