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    So this footage just came out which pretty clearly shows that Vettel just plan ran into Stroll.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWMgk8UnqWE

    Is Vettel losing it? Does he have a beef with Stroll? Just a dumb accident? This is the second time he has hit a car during a non-race lap this year.

    Also noticed that reports are saying the stewards didn't have access to this footage when they ruled on the incident. That can't be right, can it?
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    Same footage from the time that shows Stroll getting farther and farther from the edge of the track.

    It was like an episode of Oprah "and you get some blame, and you get some blame, and you get some blame..."

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    Conspiracy theory #1, Vettel drove Kimi's car in the race because Ferrari couldn't repair his car in time. Hence he had to crash the car on cool down lap to avoid getting caught...when Vettel jumped into Wherlin's car, he took the steering wheel with him. According to FIA's sporting regulation, he should've leave steering wheel in place

    Conspiracy theory #2, Vettel's car was under weight, and the only way to escape penalty was to crash on cool down lap...

    This is not my opinion, I saw it on some F1 news site, but it was definitely interesting...

    ***From PlanteF1***

    That wasn’t the only conspiracy doing the rounds after that bizarre crash. Some think Vettel crashed deliberately in order to cover something up.

    Here are the times for his final five laps:

    Lap 52 – 1:36.279
    Lap 53 – 1:36.365
    Lap 54 – 1:37.454
    Lap 55 – 1:39:368
    Lap 56 – 1:41.345

    So a five-second drop-off from Lap 52 to the final lap, was he running out of fuel or was his Ferrari illegally running light? Why did he take his steering wheel with him after the crash ?

    Did he intentionally damage the gearbox in order to try and get special dispensation from the FIA (which Ferrari are said to have immediately asked for) to change it without a penalty ahead of the final five races?

    Either way you look at it, something doesn’t feel right.
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    article 22.5 of the Sporting Regulations states:

    "A driver who abandons a car must leave it in neutral or with the clutch disengaged, with the ERS shut down and with the steering wheel in place."

    Therefore Vettel broke the rule when he took the steering wheel with him.

    The further conpiracies are that the Ferrari was operating at a weight below the legal limit and so in colliding with Stroll and taking a piece off the car, it couldn't be properly assessed after the race.

    Another suggestion is that Vettel deliberately collided in order to gain special dispensation to change his gearbox (penalty-free).

    The reason for all these theories lies behind Vettel's driving in the closing laps, which was unusual. He was storming through on fresh tyres, only to back off massively in the final two laps whilst being ordered to lift and coast. A miscalculation by the Ferrari crew? Possibly, but after a very strange finish, Seb's bizarre shunt with Stroll just gave fuel to the conspiracy fire.

    As for the ramifications, there will be nothing done by the FIA. It's just a quesion of whether Vettel needs a gearbox change and if he'll receive the grid penalty.
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    Gearbox was not damaged in the incident so Vettel will not need to change it out

    As for the driving Kimi's car.. each car has a chassis number, and at the start of the event the chassis number and the driver to that car are logged by the FIA... There's no way crashing the car would change/hide that.

    As for taking the steering wheel the race was over so there's no urgency to get the car off the track, plus fans will steal anything not nailed down and those wheels are not cheap nor do they wan them to fall into other teams hands... There's a reason those things are kept under lock and key and carried separate from the rest of the car in special cases
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    Quote Originally Posted by KJSCV View Post
    Gearbox was not damaged in the incident so Vettel will not need to change it out

    As for the driving Kimi's car.. each car has a chassis number, and at the start of the event the chassis number and the driver to that car are logged by the FIA... There's no way crashing the car would change/hide that.

    As for taking the steering wheel the race was over so there's no urgency to get the car off the track, plus fans will steal anything not nailed down and those wheels are not cheap nor do they wan them to fall into other teams hands... There's a reason those things are kept under lock and key and carried separate from the rest of the car in special cases
    Yeah but conspiracy theories make my Friday better.
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