Vettel avoids punishment for expletive-ridden rant

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Sebastian Vettel will not be punished for his expletive-ridden outburst during the Mexican Grand Prix but the Ferrari driver has been warned that disciplinary action will be taken if he unleashes another foul-mouthed rant

Four-time world champion Vettel was left fuming during Sunday's race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez when Max Verstappen refused to surrender third place after going off track to defend his position.

Vettel twice swore at race director Charlie Whiting over his in-car radio after getting stuck behind the Red Bull of Verstappen, who finished the race in third place.

The German took his place on the podium after Verstappen was eventually handed a post-race penalty, but was given a penalty of his own to also miss out on third spot.

Vettel apologised to Whiting and the Formula One governing body the FIA has opted against taking any further action.

An FIA statement said: "At the recent Mexican Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel made comments over team radio using repeated foul language directed at both the FIA Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting and a fellow competitor which were retransmitted during the live broadcast of the event.

"Immediately following the incident, Sebastian Vettel spontaneously sought out Charlie Whiting to express his regret for his behaviour in person. He then, again on his own initiative, sent letters to each of the FIA president Jean Todt and Charlie Whiting, in which he apologised profusely for his actions.

"He also indicated that he would likewise be contacting Max Verstappen and vowed that such an incident would never occur again.

"In the light of this sincere apology and strong commitment, the FIA president has decided, on an exceptional basis, not to take disciplinary action against Mr Vettel by bringing the matter before the FIA International Tribunal.

"The FIA will always condemn the use of offensive language in motor sport - especially when directed at officials and/or fellow participants - and expects all participants in its Championships to be respectful and mindful of the example they set for the public and the younger generation in particular.

"The FIA takes this opportunity to advise that, in the event of any future incident similar to the one that occurred in Mexico, disciplinary action will be taken by bringing such incident before the FIA International Tribunal to be judged."