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Vettel: Unsafe release penalties too harsh

Sebastian Vettel has equated penalising a driver for an unsafe release to “going to prison for stealing a chocolate bar”.

This season Formula 1 decided to take a strict approach to any team releasing their driver in an unsafe manner.

However, the best way to penalise a team is to penalise the driver and that’s exactly what the new punishment does.

Not only is the driver hit with a penalty during the grand prix but they also incur a 10-place grid drop for the next race.

Vettel feels it is too harsh.

Speaking in Thursday’s press conference in Germany, he said penalising a driver for an unsafe release is “like going to prison for stealing a chocolate bar.

“It’s too harsh for the drivers, it’s more for the team.”

However, as he added, “it is what it is.”

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