Vettel to start dead last

Sebastian Vettel will start the 2021 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain from the back of the grid due to a penalty for ignoring double yellow flags in qualifying.

Vettel had to slow down at Turn 1 after Haas rookie Nikita Mazepin spun ahead of him, with the Russian having just jumped the queue and passed the Aston Martin driver on the warm-up lap.

The hearing, which took place at 1:30pm local time in Bahrain, led to Vettel being given a five-place grid penalty for failing to respect double yellow flags at Turn 1.

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