Vettel loses Mexican GP podium, drops to fifth with post-race penalty

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Sebastian Vettel has been handed a penalty for driving in a “potentially dangerous manner” when trying to defend his position from Daniel Ricciardo during Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 stewards opted to give Vettel a 10-second time penalty, dropping him to fifth in the final classification. Ricciardo moves up to third.

Ricciardo closed on Vettel in the closing stages of the Mexican Grand Prix after the Ferrari driver lost time behind Max Verstappen, who received a post-race penalty for driving off-track and gaining an advantage.

Ricciardo tried to pass Vettel down the inside at Turn 4, only for the German driver to move across the block the Australian. The pair made contact, rubbing wheels, but both were able to continue with Vettel crossing the line ahead.

Ricciardo told NBCSN after the race that he felt Vettel had breached the rules regarding moving under braking, something the FIA announced last weekend it would be clamping down on.

After a lengthy deliberation that included discussions with representatives from Ferrari and Red Bull, the stewards announced that they would be handing Vettel a 10-second time penalty.

As a result, Vettel falls to fifth in the final race result, with Ricciardo moving up to third and Verstappen slotting into fourth.

Vettel also received two penalty points on his FIA super licence, taking him up to six in the past 12 months.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”