Sebastian Vettel received three penalty points for an incident with Lance Stroll at the Italian GP after he forced him to drive off-track, and due to previously accumulated points, he faces a potential race ban.
Vettel lost his place from the fourth starting position to Hulkenberg, which he soon regained, but in a quick Ascari chicane he grabbed too much of the inside curb, lost the back end and spun.
On his return to the track, Vettel let a few cars pass, but not the Stroll in Racing Point, which caused him to drive into the gravel, and when Stroll returned to the track, he forced Gasly in Toro Rosso to drive off-track.
Vettel received a 10 seconds stop and go penalty, but also three penalty points, which means that now he has nine in the last 12 months.
If Vettel repeats the incident of such severity in the next three races he will have 12 penalty points and will have to miss the next race.
Should Vettel do Singapore, Russia and Japan without collecting three or more penalty points, he will be have points deleted for the red flag incident in 2018 USA GP in Austin (on October 21, 2018) ahead of the race in Mexico (25 – 27 October, 2019).
Should Vettel miss the race, Ferrari will probably invite Giovinazzi from Alfa Romeo to replace him and Alfa would than replace Giovinazzi with either Ericsson or Hartley.
“The stewards reviewed video evidence and determined that Car 5, left the track at turn
9 and rejoined the track in an unsafe manner.”
“In doing so it collided with Car 18. The Stewards considered this to be a dangerous incident.”
“Competitors are reminded that they have the right to appeal certain decisions of the Stewards, in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and
Article 9.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules, within the applicable time limits.”
Italian GP stewards were Garry Connelly, Silvia Bellot, Derek Warwick and Paolo Longoni.