Vettel faces grid penalty for US Grand Prix red flag error

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Lewis Hamilton has no doubt that Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, will make it to Formula One in the near future.

Several teams didn't even bother sending their cars out due to the slippery track.

Hamilton had no envy of Fangio's era, however - a time of frequent driver funerals and also an age completely alien to his background as the grandson of 1950s Caribbean immigrants to England.

"They (the race stewards) were very specific, saying that I took 27.7 seconds to slow down", said Vettel.

Vettel was reported after Charles Leclerc of Sauber brought gravel back onto the circuit after a spin.

"We had enough laps and it is clear that we were not competitive", he said. It means Vettel will start no higher than fourth this weekend on a weekend Mercedes is expected to have the advantage in terms of raw pace. The best he can likely hope for is that Hamilton has some kind of qualifying calamity. Ferrari driver Vettel was punished for failing to slow sufficiently under red flags in FP1 - nailing another nail into the coffin his title hopes are increasingly confined to. He said it was unfair but the FIA disagreed obviously and it was consistent with other penalties applied throughout the season.

The four-time champion has called for "common sense" moving forward and he believes the current ruling is wrong.

Vettel met with the stewards before the penalty was assessed and was allowed to explain what he thought happened. I slowed down, I looked around. Alonso did manage to beat both Williams cars, with Sergey Sirotkin 17th ahead of Lance Stroll, while Marcus Ericsson and Stoffel Vandoorne were the slowest two drivers in the opening session.

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"But, in my opinion, that is not the right thing".

Gasly said: "It's quite a harsh penalty, if you've been really careful when you pass in front of the crash and just after you don't pay attention so much and you get a penalty like this". Any result that leaves Vettel eight or more points behind his rival and Hamilton will win the title.

The rain that swamped the track was reminiscent of storms in 2015 that shortened qualifying.

The British driver looks on form to do it again.

Hamilton has a 67-point lead with four races remaining, meaning he only needs eight more points than Vettel to seal his fifth title.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth fastest.

With Ferrari looking quick in the dry, it was an extremely close fight between the top two teams, who traded fastest times at the end of Q3.

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