Vettel reprimanded for missing grid anthem
8 October 2017 – Sebastian Vettel's disastrous Japanese Grand Prix race day has been rounded out with a reprimand after he missed the pre-race national anthem.
Revised sporting rules for 2017 state that "14 minutes before the scheduled start of the formation lap all drivers must be present at the front of the grid for the playing of the national anthem".
F1 drivers now have only eight minutes for their reconnaissance laps to the grid this season, rather than 15, which was aimed at helping them attend the anthems on time.
However, Vettel, amid a spark plug issue in his Ferrari, was not at the front of the Suzuka grid when the anthem began, only joining his fellow drivers partway through the performance.
As a result, the stewards gave him a non-driving reprimand.
Earlier in the season, at the Monaco Grand Prix, Vettel was given a driving-related reprimand, after he crossed the white line at the pit exit in qualifying.
Any driver who receives three reprimands in a season will get a 10-place grid drop for the current or next event, but only if two or more were for driving infringements.
Vettel now trails Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton by 59 points.