Vettel penalty down to 'two centimetres' of track - Button
Former world champion Jenson Button believes that two centimetres might have stood between Sebastian Vettel avoiding the penalty which cost him victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel took a five-second time penalty for an unsafe manoeuvre in the path of Lewis Hamilton, who inherited the race win as a result.
Vettel went wide at Turn 4 from the lead and swerved back onto the track, forcing Hamilton to jab on the brakes.
It was deemed worthy of a penalty, although Vettel was furious afterwards, saying the stewards must have been "blind" and placing the second-place bollard in front of Hamilton's car.
Button agreed with the German that the penalty was unjustified, highlighting how marginal differences might have seen him avoid sanction.
"It's disappointing when there's a proper fight out on track between two greats, two multiple world champions, and then the stewards are able to come in and take that away from us," Button said on Sky Sports
"It's a shame. For me, it's a racing incident. Yes, Seb made a mistake - but you've got to realise he's doing over 100mph here. You can't just stop the car and stay off the circuit.
"It doesn't deserve a penalty, I don't think. From a racer's point of view - he had nowhere to go.
"You don't choose to be on that part of the circuit and Seb doesn't want to crash into Lewis either.
"He's not in control coming back onto the circuit and it's not his fault that he couldn't slow down.
"There's probably two centimetres [in it], if he had been two centimetres further away he probably wouldn't have got a penalty."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.