Red Bull drivers applaud Vettel penalty


Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen welcomed the punishment imposed on Sebastian Vettel after the Mexican Grand Prix, a decision Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene labelled "harsh and unfair".

A 10-second penalty for driving "dangerously or erratically" saw Vettel drop to fifth in the final classification for the race at Autodromo Hermanes Rodriguez on Sunday, which was won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

The intervention of the stewards related to the four-time Formula One world champion's attempts to defend from Ricciardo, who believes the judgement was correct.

"Sure I want to race and having penalties after the race isn't ideal, but I did feel today that it was called for," the Australian said.

"I committed to the move and he squeezed me. Racing should be tough and l don't expect being waved through but we talked about the moving under braking and that's on paper now.

"The only thing I'm disappointed [about] is not to be in the stadium in that moment but the podium is still up so I'll go and have a few photos with the guys," he added, having been awarded third too late to join in with the presentation ceremony.

Ricciardo's young team-mate Verstappen, who was heavily criticised by the Ferrari pair of Vettel of Kimi Raikkonen for manoeuvring under braking earlier this season, welcomed a rival being formally disciplined for the first time under new rules introduced to address the issue.

"I think it was a small bit of justice that the stewards made the decision to penalise Seb," he said.

"It was clearly a wrong move which has been punished according to the rules. As long as we can stick to the rules every week then we won't have the frustration we felt after the race."

Arrivabene, though, rejected the interpretation of the race officials.

"[Sunday] could have felt special: we fully deserved this podium, which was taken away by bureaucracy," the Ferrari chief said.

"Unfortunately, we were penalised by [the] stewards' un-appealable decision which, in my opinion, is too harsh and somehow unfair."