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Vettel 'penalized' and will start from pits

A new opportunity open for Fernando Alonso to shorten the distance or even re-take the lead in the championship standings.
Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 3rd, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Well....not all look at it seems. In a matter of hours the championship race and tomorrow's date at Abu Dhabi just got a enticement to be an exciting event.

Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from Abu Dhabi GP qualifying as his Red Bull lacked sufficient fuel to provide the mandatory sample to the FIA.

The German had stopped at the end of his in-lap after qualifying third, after he had been ordered over the radio to bring his car to a halt immediately.

F1's regulations state that drivers must return to the pits under their own power so a one-litre fuel sample can be taken from the car for analysis.

Article 6.6.2 of the Technical Regulations states: "Competitors must ensure that a one litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the Event.

After almost five hours of delibarations extending as far as 11pm Abu Dhabi time, the stewards concluded on the case. An independent examination, however, revealed that there was insufficient fuel in the car.

Lewis Hamilton experimented the same fate fell after taking pole position at this year's Spanish GP which was won by Maldonado, who happens to start third this time around (first in that ocasion).

The German's relegation to the back provides Alonso with a great chance to close down the gap. The Spaniard will now start sixth.

After the decision was made, the team decided that his driver will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the pitlane instead from back on the grid.

Red Bull's decision to start from the pitlane means it will be able to make some changes to Vettel's car's set-up ahead of the race.

"One of the best ski jumpers of all times once said 'Every chance is an opportunity and as far as we are concerned there are still plenty of chances tomorrow'," said Vettel after finding out about the penalty.

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