Motorsport react to Sebastian Vettel's 'mental' penalty

Sebastian Vettel felt the Canadian stewards stole the race win from him when they hit with a five-second penalty in Sunday’s grand prix.

It seems many from the motorsport world, past and present, agree.

Mark Webber, the German’s former Red Bull team-mate, called the penalty “mental.”

Any of the stewards ever raced at the front in F1? Didn’t watch the race.. have now seen the “incident”.
Mental penalty. 🥴🧐

— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) June 9, 2019

That’s ridiculous 5 seconds penalty,Seb did well not to hit the GRIP ON GRASS !
No room on track there.Great driving from Lewis.

— Nigel Mansell CBE (@nigelmansell) June 9, 2019

What’s Seb supposed to do?Crazy ,the car stepped that point he was a passenger.

— Nigel Mansell CBE (@nigelmansell) June 9, 2019

I think the function of the stewards is to penalize flagrantly unsafe moves not honest mistakes as result of hard racing. What happened at #CanadaGp is not acceptable at this level of our great sport. @F1

— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) June 9, 2019

Alex Wurz wants to know what happened to all the talk about letting the drivers race.

my observation on Vettel rejoining: his helmet moved to look into mirror only after steering correction! that he slid that far is laws of physics. No space for Lewis is name of game with street tracks. What happened to #LetThemRace ? Was it sketchy? yes! a penalty? not in my view

— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) June 9, 2019

Tough result for F1.
I can see it both ways.
FIA are following the rule book that you can’t rejoin by going straight to the racing line but poor choice for the sport.
All drivers know Vettel could have not gone back to power and joined safely on the inside.#F1

— M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) June 9, 2019

Giedo van der Garde summed up many Ferrari fans’ thoughts…

They did look suspicious…

— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) June 9, 2019

Such was the opinion of the penalty that drivers from rival series were grateful that their series is different.

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson said…

I’m glad we don’t have stewards in @nascar. #BS

— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 9, 2019

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