Sebastian Vettel could be set to face further punishment for his swerve into Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan GP after FIA confirmed it will conduct fresh investigation into the incident between the rivals.
The FIA announced late on Wednesday afternoon that the controversial clash in last Sunday’s Baku race between the championship rivals will be “further examined” this coming Monday, 3rd July, ‘in order to evaluate whether further action is necessary’. The outcome of those discussions will be revealed before the Austrian GP, which takes place between 7th and 9th July.
Vettel, the world championship leader, was slapped with a10-second stop-and-go penalty and reduction of three penalty points on his race license after stewards ruled during the race he had ‘steered into’ Hamilton’s then race-leading Mercedes, just moments after the Ferrari had run into the back of the Englishman as they prepared to resume racing after a Safety Car.
Should the FIA come to the conclusion that further action is necessary in this case, then the governing body could summon the German before its International Tribunal where penalties can range from fines to race bans if cases are upheld.
Vettel is already walking on eggshells in terms of his disciplinary record heading into the next week’s Austrian GP after the three penalty points added to his license in Baku pushed him up to nine for the last 12-month period, just three away from enforcing an automatic one-race suspension.