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FIA relegates Vettel to fifth with penalty
Sunday 22nd July 2012, 16:33 by Ryan Wood
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Sebastian Vettel has been handed a 20-second penalty for overtaking outside of the track limitations and gaining an unfair advantage.
The Red Bull driver had gradually caught Jenson Button in second in the closing stages of the race but in his attempt to pass the McLaren, he ran wide at the hairpin and used the run-off area to complete the move.
The FIA deemed he gained an unfair advantage and added 20 seconds to his final time, which demotes him to fifth behind Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi.
Revised 2012 German GP Results:
Pos Driver Team Gap Pts 01. F. Alonso Ferrari 25 02. J. Button McLaren +6.9 18 03. K. Raikkonen Lotus +16.4 15 04. K. Kobayashi Sauber +21.9 12 05. S. Vettel Red Bull +23.7 10 06. S. Perez Sauber +27.8 8 07. M. Schumacher Mercedes +28.9 6 08. M. Webber Red Bull +46.9 4 09. N. Hulkenberg Force India +48.1 2 10. N. Rosberg Mercedes +48.8 1 11. P. di Resta Force India +59.2 12. F. Massa Ferrari +1:11.4 13. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1:16.8 14. J. Vergne Toro Rosso +1:16.9 15. P. Maldonado Williams +1 lap 16. V. Petrov Caterham +1 lap 17. B. Senna Williams +1 lap 18. R. Grosjean Lotus +1 lap 19. H. Kovalainen Caterham +2 laps 20. C. Pic Marussia +2 laps 21. P. de la Rosa HRT +3 laps 22. T. Glock Marussia +3 laps 23. N. Karthikeyan HRT +3 laps 24. L. Hamilton McLaren +20 laps
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