Reminds me of Hamilton's penalty in Spain. McLaren argued that it was 'Force Majeure' but the stewards said it was a human error that his car was underfuelled.
Now, in Vettel's case, there is apparently a mechanical problem, which can be construed as Force Majeure, but it really wasn't so since his car didn't retire or stall or stop and in fact even went through all the qualifying sessions. That proves to me that his car was perfectly able to conduct one cool down lap and slink back into the pits, and that he was told to stop the car to prevent a Force Majeure which could happen but did not happen.
I guess it's just down to the car's data, on which either argument rests, so I'll be a pessimist and go with Vettel getting no penalty.
Again, the rule only applies to fuel, Article 6 of the "Technical Regulations", the one you guys are talking about, is called FUEL
SYSTEM. If the reason why he didn't make it back to the pits is not related with not having enough fuel, force majeure or not, the rule doesn't apply
Here you guys can find the whole Technical Regulations document:http://argent.fia.co...009-03-2012.pdf
Edited by artista, 03 November 2012 - 16:17.