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:

01. F. Alonso Ferrari
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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