Ricciardo takes third after Vettel handed post race penalty

Daniel Ricciardo was handed third place in the Mexican Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel was penalised after the race by the stewards. The Ferrari driver was handed a 10-second time penalty for moving under braking as he battled the Red Bull driver in the closing laps of the race.

Vettel finished the grand prix in fourth place but was elevated to third after Max Verstappen was given a five-second penalty after the flag for gaining an advantage when tussling with the four-time champion. Vettel stood on the podium alongside race winner Lewis Hamilton and second-placed Nico Rosberg, but soon after the race both Vettel and Ricciardo were called before the stewards.

After reviewing evidence of the incident between the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers, the race stewards ruled that telemetry and video showed that Vettel changed direction under braking and that Ricciardo had to take evasive action.

They determined that Vettel had breached Article 27.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and handed Vettel a 10-second penalty. That dropped him to fifth place, with Ricciardo rising to third and Verstappen taking fourth.