Vettel gets three-place grid penalty for hitting Rosberg

© XPB 

Sebastian Vettel has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix as punishment for hitting Nico Rosberg at the start in Malaysia.

With Vettel starting from fifth place in today's Malaysian Grand Prix, the four-time world champion was attempting to outbrake Max Verstappen at the first corner when he hit Rosberg's right rear wheel, spinning the Mercedes. Vettel's left front suspension was broken in the incident, forcing him to retire from the race.

Rosberg was demoted from second place to last as a result of the spin, and the stewards decided after a long investigation that Vettel deserved further punishment, handing out a three-place grid penalty.

"Having thoroughly reviewed the video and having spoken to the driver concerned, the Stewards determined that although the cars involved in the incident were all moving at relatively similar speeds, the driver of Car 5 made a small error entering to the inside of turn 1 that led to the contact with Car 6," the stewards decision read.

"As a consequence, Car 6 was caused to spin from second place and lose multiple positions, which the Stewards determined was predominantly the fault of the driver of Car 5 and therefore ordered the penalty above for causing a collision."

Vettel was also handed two penalty points for the incident, which leaves him with a total of four over the last 12 months.

FULL REPORT: Ricciardo wins in Malaysia as Hamilton retires from lead 

Breakfast with... Gianni Morbidelli

Silbermann says ... Bugged by Liberty

Romain Grosjean exclusive column: Haas can build momentum for 2017

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter