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More woes for Vettel with Malaysia GP penalty

Sebastian Vettel has been given a three-place grid penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix for causing a first-corner crash in Malaysia.

Stewards decided the Ferrari driver was “predominantly” responsible for a collision that caused Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg to spin and drop back.

Vettel has also been given two penalty points on his licence for the incident.

The four-time champion felt the clash was a “racing incident” but stewards said he had made a “small error”.

The decision was made even though the stewards accepted Vettel’s explanation he had not been going excessively fast.

Vettel occupies fourth place on the championship leader board.

The Japanese Grand Prix takes place next Sunday at the Suzuka Circuit, 30 miles from Japan’s third-largest city, Nagoya.

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