Sebastian Vettel's punishment for'hazardous' driving in the Italian GP gets left him only three points as the German was left to reflect on another day in his disappointing year.
While youthful team-mate Charles Leclerc finished Ferrari's nine-year wait for a win in their home raceto trigger jubilant celebrations for its group and Italian audiences in the packed grandstands, Vettel trailed home 13th after his race was ruined by an early spin and then a direct conflict with Lance Stroll's oncoming Racing Point.
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Together with his return to the trail deemed'dangerous' by race stewards, Vettel was supplied a 10-second stop-and-go punishment available prior to a disqualification.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the race, a downcast Vettel explained:"Obviously I am not happy with it, I can't be pleased with my daily life.
"I dropped the back an couldn't catch it, as simple as that. Then the race was gone."
Asked if he had witnessed Stroll coming, Vettel responded:"No. I fought a few days to find the car moving, and also to get in the right direction too, so I couldn't see him"
Compounding the sanction that is in-race are the three penalty points.
Vettel is now on nine to the past period, three away from a automatic one-race suspension. The next points to be lost - 2, accrued at year's US GP - don't perish until October 19 from his permit, which means Vettel has to navigate the next 3 grands prix without collecting three points.
Because the system was released in 2014 no driver has reached the limitation over the specified 12-month period.
Vettel, who joined the post-race bash picture of Ferrari and congratulated Leclerc, has been overtaken as the team's lead driver at the entire tournament. Leclerc is up to fourth position on 182 points, with Vettel currently 13 behind.
"Of course I still love everything I do, however, surely if you're not performing well everything you know you can do well, you can not be happy," added the German driver.
The verdict from Sky F1's Nico Rosberg
"It's unexplainable for me personally. I can't describe it.
"He is a four-time world champion, he's one of the best guys out there, and to make a mistake like this, on our own and just spinning a vehicle like that at a corner, is indeed strange.
"Subsequently even worse after, coming back to the trail like this - although I understand because what exactly are you going to do? Only sit there and simply wait for the whole train to go by? Probably just choose to take a risk and drive out.
"But even that, a dual mistake - my goodness. This has to be dark this instant for him. His team-mate only became a complete Ferrari legend and has just accepted the number one standing from him, likely, in the team.
"Vettel is one of the guys who has a great deal of self-confidence, therefore that's going to help him a lot through this. And in F1 it's such short lived you're back and that it only takes one strong race, one race. We shouldn't write him off because he can return quite quick, but not an easy one."
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