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Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Vettel report

The honors keep rolling in for Sebastian Vettel.

This week the 21-year-old’s school, the Starkenburg-Gymnasium, in Heppenheim, announced it is temporarily changing its name to ‘Sebastian-Vettel-Gymnasium.’

“We are extremely proud of him, even if perhaps we contributed not so much to his success,” F1-Live reports deputy head master Karl-Heinz Diedrich told the German news agency SID.

Meanwhile, GMM reports Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz told the German newspaper Bild his young star is not for sale.

“Sebastian has a contract with us,” Mateschitz told Bild. “He is not for sale. With him, we want to attack the top teams and move to the top.”

That fact may disappoint F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone, who wants the young German in a top team ASAP.

“We will help him to achieve that,” Ecclestone is quoted by Autobild Motorsport, according to GMM. “I have always said that he is good. Now I say he is super.”

Vettel loves the Beatles and races with a saint's icon -- La Gazetta dello Sport profiles F1’s youngest winner.

Appeal looming

Monday marks the date of Lewis Hamilton/McLaren’s appeal of the Briton’s Belgian Grand Prix penalty.

With Hamilton leading the driver’s championship by a single point, the impact on the championship could be notable -- the McLaren man was relegated to third and rival Felipe Massa elevated to a race win due to the 25 second penalty.

However, as news service AFP points out, Article 152 of the FIA’s international sporting code states a drive-through penalty is “not susceptible to appeal.”

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Anonymous said...

Does the 25 second penalty equate to a drive-through? I didn't think it would.

SpeedRead said...

I thought that was the idea... not sure

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