Sebastian Vettel has been demoted to fifth place by the Hockenheim
race stewards. This happens as a 20-second time penalty is applied after
the German overtook Jenson Button for second position outside the
confines of the race track.
The incident occurred on the penultimate lap of the race, with Vettel
having previously been overhauled by Button after the lapped Lewis
Hamilton held him up. The Red Bull passed on the outside line of the
Turn 6 hairpin, but accelerated past Button while travelling in the
run-off area which is outside the white line delineating the circuit.
post-race interviews, Vettel denied that Button had expressed any
dissatisfaction but television coverage had already revealed the pair
discussing the moment. The demotion, which comes as a decision of
adjudicators including ex driver Derek Warwick, was handed out after the
FIA-appointed team heard the opinions of both drivers and viewed
This means Kimi Räikkönen picks up his fourth podium result of the
season for Lotus, with Kamui Kobayashi celebrating a career-best result
of fourth for Sauber. Vettel has effectively lost eight World
Championship points, which leaves him 44 behind leader Fernando Alonso
at the halfway point of the season. The aforementioned Räikkönen,
despite being yet to win a race, has now jumped ahead of Lewis Hamilton
and now sits fourth overall.